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Lay off the horn on ice, please

December 28, 2009 - Per Peterson
Driving in winter offers plenty of challenges — icy roads, snowy roads, slushy roads, black ice, white ice, clear ice. These are road conditions, and they are out of our control. What we do have control of, however, if how we drive on these roads that seem to have been taking longer to clear up this year than previous years. I’ve been driving around 35 to 40 mph for about a week now; I don’t even know what what the speed limit is anymore. Too bad I’m not the only one. Other drivers have getting sick of tailing me, and it got really bad Monday morning when a semi roared up behind me and stayed there for at least five miles. Don’t know what this driver’s deal was, but instead of passing me, he chose to honk at me. Good move. That’ll get me to speed up as I coast along on what amounted to a narrow hockey rink. The last thing you want to do is honk at someone on icy roads. C’mon man! You’re in such a hurry, pass me. People who drive slow on ice will always drive slow on ice. It's ice! I ended up pulling to the side, which was risky considering the ice extended all the way to the ditch, but it beat having a ticked off semi driver barreling down on me for another 10 miles. I realize that driving truck all day can wear on a person. It can get lonely and it can be stressful if you have to be somewhere at a certain time. But if that’s the case, all you gotta do is pass slowpokes like me. Wanna go 55, 60? Don't let me stop you. This is a warning to anyone who gets stuck behind me this winter: Don’t honk, I won’t speed up. It won’t work. I drive slow on ice for a reason, and you all should, too.

 
 

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