Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

January 11, 2011

Hazardous Winter Driving on Atlanta’s Roads


CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

(January 11, 2011, 6:00 p.m.: 20 degrees, light snow starting)

HAZARDOUS WINTER DRIVING ON ATLANTA’S ROADS

     Winter weather wallops South, the newspaper headline shouted. Last Sunday, a blast of winter weather pushed across the South, coating bridges and roads with snow, sleet and freezing rain…

      This news story put me in mind of our family’s first winter in Stone Mountain, Georgia, 1982-1983. Snowflakes fell, there was some road coverage. Kids—and adults—were outside playing in the white stuff. Three teenagers on a balcony of an second floor apartment were prancing about in their shorts and skimpy tops.

My husband Monte, being from northern New York just south of the St. Lawrence River, said the snow “was nothing.” I had to agree. New England; Buffalo, New York, and Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania (places I’d lived long-term) had real snow. What was all the fuss about with this dusting the Atlanta area had?

     Monte decided to drive to the store—or somewhere. I think he just wanted to drive. He wasn’t intimidated, even though the news reports were announcing CAUTION because road conditions were hazardous.

     It took all of five minutes for Monte to return home. He was almost shaking. The driving conditions out there were hazardous—not because of the snow, but because the southern drivers didn’t know how to drive in even this little bit of it.

     Where we live today, in a little community of 189 residents, one lane gravel roads, and many trees, the roads remain snow and ice covered long after the main roads are clear. It isn’t hazardous because of the little traffic and close community.

     Yet, I wonder how a southerner would handle driving on our roads? I think I’d run for my life!

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ADDITIONAL READING:

JANUARY DAYS OF CELEBRATION: Part 1

The fickleness of life and weather

Skidding on Thin Ice Camouflaged by New-Fallen Snow

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1 Comment »

  1. My brother lives in Shreveport and says the same thing. Its not the roads that bother him.. its the crazy drivers.

    Comment by Kim — January 11, 2011 @ 3:25 pm | Reply


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