I have been seeing a lot, a lot, a lot…(have I mention a LOT?) of people posting frustrating status posts this winter about people who drive really slow on the roads when it snows, and telling them to get off the road…and I have had my fair share of horn honking…
Yep, I am one of those slow drivers.
Now, I don’t go ungodly slow, I don’t drive 35 on the freeway! (I had one of those tonight on the way to work). But I do slow down when the roads are covered in snow and only have two tire tracks of clear roadage to drive on or its raining heavily.
I was going to say that It’s not that I can’t handle inclement weather driving, but what I am about to write would suggest that, yes, I can’t handle inclement weather driving…
I could give you the long history of how my driving has changed since I was a teenager…but basically, whenever possible, I let Amy drive, because she is a better driver and “in the zone” when she drives. I feel very safe with her driving.
So in general, I have grown to not like driving. I do it when I have to.
But since my accident in 2009 (where I was hit in the passenger side, because someone ran a red light on my way to work–in which I still have neck and shoulder issues to this day), my anxiety of driving has increased a hundred-fold. I can’t turn left in an intersection without holding my breath and watching for cars. Add rain or heavy-snowfall…and I am literally white-knuckling the steering wheel.
If I had my way, I would have Amy drive me everywhere. But its not fair to her to have to drive me to and from work so late at night and early in the morning…(it also uses a lot of gas)…that and she would tell me to go fly a kite.
So, yes, I drive slow when the weather or roads are bad. I make sure I am going slow enough that I can stop safely without whipping around or losing control of the vehicle if I have to stop suddenly.
Especially, when the road is bad or hasn’t been plowed…if only because I don’t want to get into another accident and have to see my life flash before my eyes again or feel my heart literally beating in my throat and making it very hard to breath. It was bad enough the first time.
I try very hard not to drive when conditions or roads are not at their best. I only drive when I absolutely have to…like for an emergency, or to get to work.
So, its frustrating when people blast messages like this at the general public or honk at me. I’m doing my best, and try and drive at a reasonable speed and I am sure that other slow drivers are probably doing their best. If it were up to me, I wouldn’t drive at all. Especially in conditions like they have been recently.
So just remember when your out in bad weather, or on bad roads, and you encounter someone going slower than you would like–that they may be scared out of their wits and they may only be out on the road because they absolutely have to, and if it were up to them, they would have stayed at home.*
So, be kind, take a breath and just pass them if your able…we’re going through enough stress just trying to get to our destination.
*(Sidenote: I don’t deign to know other drivers reasons for going slow, other than to be cautious, I am just giving my experience and reasons on why I go slow. I will admit there are some drivers that go slow for who knows what reason, other than to piss people off. I am just trying to speak for those of use are driving because we have to.)