Northern Girl’s Guide to Driving in the Southern Snow Storm

January 29, 2010 at 6:13 pm 5 comments

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If you live anywhere around Nashville, you know how the weather is and how we are projected to accumulate 4-9 inches throughout this storm. Today, I decided to brave the storm and the southern driver to venture out and pick up some invitations from the printer. This was a big mistake as I forgot how people in Nashville freak out and forget how to drive as soon as precipitation begins to fall. Since snow is new for this area of town, I thought I would help out the locals in learning how to drive in this sort of weather. Being from Cincinnati, I am no pro, but I do have more experience.

1. If you are not comfortable driving in the snow… STAY HOME! Everyone is cautious when they drive in snow, no matter how much experience they have. If you are scared, then don’t try to go out. You will not only endanger yourself, but the people around you.

2. Slow and steady is the best way to go; no one will blame you if you are late in this sort of weather. If you hurry to get somewhere, DO NOT speed! You will spin out and will be later than if you would just drive slowly and carefully.

3. Slamming on your breaks turns your tires into skis. Pumping your breaks causes more friction for your car to stop if you are on snow or ice.

4. A “wet” road does not mean a safe road: BEWARE OF BLACK ICE! Black ice makes a road appear as though it’s just wet. I have personally spun out on black ice, and it is TERRIFYING!

5. Avoid overpasses when at all possible. Overpasses have the cold air blowing above and below them. This makes them freeze MUCH faster than anywhere else. Drive even slower on them.

6. Main roads are your best friend & traffic on them in inevitable. The higher traffic on a road, the safer they will be for many reasons. The more cars cause more heat on the roads which help to melt the ice and snow on the street. If you can, drive behind a large truck and stay within their tire tracks. If you spin out, there are more people there to help you.

7. DO NOT talk on your cell phone. You need both hands to drive in this weather.

Those are my words of wisdom. If you have more to add, please leave a comment and let your fellow southerners learn a little bit more about controlling their vehicles in this weather! It’s scary, just BE SAFE!


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kacey  |  January 29, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Thanks Amy!!! Us Southerners do need assistance. We’ve been told I’m sure- we just rarely have any winter weather driving practice so we forget!

    I really hope we do get 7-9 inches. That would be AWESOME!

  • 2. Donald Yeager  |  January 29, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Thank you! Someone had to say it.

  • 3. HILLARY  |  January 29, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    i love it! So glad my tweet spawned a blog! 🙂

  • 4. Mary Natalie Hester  |  January 29, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Thanks Amy, my Southern tail just stays at home!!!! But good to know from my northern friend on what to do 🙂 Maybe you need to call one of the local news stations and do a lesson on air,lol!!!!

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