Bad Roads or Bad Drivers?

United States
November 25, 2008 12:00pm CST
I live in Michigan, and I think anyone who lives where it snows regularly can relate to the nasty driving conditions that come along with snow. Well I had a 4 wheel drive vehicle but it was getting old and beat down and a year ago I got a front wheel drive car. Got through winter just fine, only got stuck once...in my own driveway at that lol. But now whenever it snows my mom, who panics if she has to drive in bad weather, calls me begging me not to go anywhere unless it's an emergency because the roads are bad, and she's seen oh so many cars on the sides of the roads. I know she loves me, but she drives me NUTS when she does this. I'll go out anyways and be FINE. I keep telling her it's not that the roads are bad, it's that there are bad drivers out there who think their invincible and drive to fast for the conditions. What do you think? Do you blame cars in ditches on the roads? Or on drivers who should know better driving to fast, or driving distracted?
2 responses
@arcidy (5016)
• United States
25 Nov 08
I usally blame the people since a lot of people make so many stupid mistakes. Like I went to Boston a few days ago and I swear massachusets has some of the worse drivers. I saw a few people on the highway stop just because they missed there exit I mean how stupid can you be I would never do that you should keep going and get off at the next exit.
@sk66rc (4261)
• United States
25 Nov 08
I do believe it's little bit of both. People should know what their own car is capable of doing or not doing in a bad weather condition. Also everyone should take some time to take a lesson in how to control their car in a certain situations. That being said, some situations are called "accidents" for a reason. But at the same time, if people know what to do in certain situations, they can minimize the severity of the accident. Things do happen. That's just life. I understand we can't control every aspect of life. Sometimes simplest things can avoid us of big headaches. When it snows & roads ice up, then slow down, don't go out if you don't have to. If you end up having to go out, try to stick to major roads because chances are, they will clear up major roads first before getting to back roads so you have less chance of slipping out. If you can help it, get a snow tires. If not, carry a bag of sand with you in case you do get stuck. When you do get stuck, put some sand under driving tires. Should give you slightly better tractions to at least get you out from "stuck". Make sure to steer into the direction you're sliding. Get your foot off of gas & break if you can help it. Matter in fact, in rare occations, when you're sliding, giving a "LITTLE BIT" of gas can actually help straightening out your car. Little things that make differences. Like I was saying, not every single situations are avoidable. But doing little bit of "preventions" will go a long way.