Here is Cedar Rapids, there are HUGE beautiful flakes flying outside as I type this blog. It is a winter wonderland of flurries and it is so beautiful.
We all forget how to drive it seems when the first snowfall happens...and although this is not the first snowfall of the winter, we have not had a lot of the white stuff since Christmas Eve when we got that 10-12 inches. I think that we all need a reminder on how to keep it safe out there. Especially for those drivers that may be spending their first winter driving here in Iowa or for the new drivers that have NEVER driven in snow until now.
First of all, SLOW DOWN! You should know this from physics class, but the bigger you are, the harder it is to stop~yes, I am talking about all the 4 wheel drive vehicles that I am seeing that are spinning out, driving too fast, and I will see them in the ditch later this afternoon.
Give yourself extra space between the car in front of you. Why? Because they may not be able to stop either and you will need to be able to get around them to avoid a rear end collision.
Clear off your windows...all of them. This seems like common sense, but really, please do not just scrape a hole in the windshield and not uncover your mirrors and ALL of your windows. You need to be able to see all of your escape routes.
Clean off your headlights and tail lights, please. This is especially important if you have a white vehicle. You are not able to be seen in this white mess without your lights clearly visible. It takes a extra couple of minutes to make sure that they are cleared and working.
Most of all, be safe out there! We all have places to be, give yourself extra time to get there. Don't rush. Don't try to drive the way you would on a clear sunny day. You will quickly lose control and cause more people to go in the ditch or median with you. It is NOT worth it.
Be safe out there today!