I know we’ll hear about this statement, but I. Can’t. Stand. Snow!
I know for many the white blanket of frozen water covering everything in sight like an exploded bag of confectionery sugar is beautiful. Allow me to educate you; if you’ve never had the experience of a bag of confectionery sweetness exploding in your kitchen, it is a mess (just like snow). You will spend forever on the initial clean up and then days and days finding it in every crevasse, much like the snow-covered side streets of a city.
You may contend it’s beautiful and peaceful and say “I love sitting at home on a snowy day and having a cup of tea curled up in the window with a book and my cat.”
Well that’s fine and dandy if you can do it, but a significant portion of us have to go to work regardless of the weather. A really happy few (emphasis on the sarcasm) going to work in a weather mess is even more important than a sunny day. I am one of those people. Many moons ago the powers-that-be decided that weather makes good television. So whenever Mother Nature sneezes we have to break into your regularly scheduled program to bring you a special report – with team coverage. LIVE. LOCAL. LATE BREAKING.
Needless to say, as a professional photojournalist I’ve had a lot of experience in the weather when Mother Nature gives us the cold shoulder. Here’s my advice for driving in the stuff:
ADVICE FOR DRIVING IN SNOW
- Just because you have 4-wheel-drive doesn’t mean you can drive like you usually do.
- Going is easier than stopping. Leave plenty of time and space to stop.
- Ground clearance is important. If you have 4-wheel-drive and no ground clearance, you will get stuck in deeper snow.
- Highway speeds in snow just leave you in a ditch or worse.
I’m not the only one with tips on winter weather driving, of course. AAA has a much longer list on the dos and don’ts of driving in Mother Nature’s mess.