Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Rain and Sleet and Ice Underneath in Western Iowa

Wednesday, Dec 23, 2009, 12:20 PM
Rain and sleet and ice underfoot make it treacherous out there. I did venture forth this morning to make several stops uptown.

One dumb idiot -- oops, Scripture says we are not to call others "fools" so I will call him a brain-challenged individual--came up very fast behind me and flashed his lights to tell me I was not driving fast enough on slush and ice and rain forming more ice. And so I carefully speeded up just a little bit so as to put a little more distance between us and then I tapped my brakes once, then twice, so as to let my brake lights signal to him that I was speeding up no further. He finally backed off a bit. And when I signaled to make a left turn he backed off even more. I hope he drove carefully through town.

One very important reason that icy roads are unsafe is this kind of driver -- brain challenged as to the treacherous road surface underneath. He still thinks his big truck can stop on a dime.

And now I am home. And I hear sirens. We live within 2 blocks of the local hospital and so we usually can hear sirens when some accident has occurred out on the highway. I hope everyone is safe. We have family traveling today and I know many other families are out there as well. I pray that everyone is careful and arrives a-okay.



Debra said...

I am a pure chicken when it comes to rotten weather driving. I drive slow. I'm more afraid of other drivers than I am of bad roads.

Marydon Ford said...

Well, forget the 'oops', he is an idiot jeopardizing safety of others & himself. Glad you are safe.

May your holiday season be blessed & beautiful ~
Merry Christmas ~
TTFN ~ Marydon

Diane said...

A friend just needed to have his car pulled out of a ditch - it was pretty much perpendicular to the road (he's fine) - as he put it -"taking a curve slowly wasn't slow enough given the ice on the road". Can't be too careful.

Tina said...

Its supposed to start snowing here in MN soon--not looking forward to it! Most of our traveling will be within 15-20 miles the next few days, but in bad weather even that is too much!
Have a very Merry Christmas, and my God grant you peace and health in the New Year!
Thanks for your wonderful blog and being a support for me!

Kelly said...

I don't like being tailed in good weather, much less iffy stuff.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

S. Etole said...

We travel a slippery journey sometimes. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

Linda said...

My brother his family had planned to drive from Sioux Falls to Northern Wisconsin for Christmas. The first time in 25 years. He called at noon to tell our mother that the interstate was closed and the plows were being pulled until the storm ends.

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Debby said...

I once had problems with my windshield wipers icing up as I drove home in a virtual blizzard. The problem was that there was so much snow I couldn't tell where the shoulder of the road left off and the ditch took over. Even worse, I had a fellow tailgating me, flashing his high beams. I got to the stop sign, and got out of my car to flag him past and deice my wipers. He gave me this big cock and bull story about how he was concerned because I was driving so slowly. He was afraid that I had a problem. "I did," I said. "I had a big problem. My wipers were icing up and I couldn't stop because I didn't know where the edge of the road/ditch was. That and some idiot was following me helpfully flashing his high beams at me, making the whole thing just that much more stressful. Thanks for your help. I appreciate it a lot!" I strode back to my car, and he actually tried to stop me. I called him worse than a fool at that point. I had a car load of kids, and I actually was so angry I wanted to smack him. I did not. But I did call him a fool.

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