I live in a snowy place.
Also unpredictable in that it could snow anytime between October and April and last for any duration of those seven months. This is not because I live in Montana or Wyoming or any of these places where snow is a serious business, but because I live by a lake. Which means Lake Effect Snow. We had some of this seasonal fun last night.
The variability of the anticipated snowfall, (predicting 1 – 3 feet over night) can make it feel like a sport (the reality was closer to 1 – 3 inches.) People watch the weather reports, talk about the weather reports, speculate about rush hour and highway driving, make predictions and swear by their favorite weather forecaster.
I find that a persons Winter Driving Style usually fits into one of the seven basic writing tropes:
1. Man against Man (“Why am I the only one who remembers how to drive in the damn snow!)
2. Man against Nature (“I will conquer the snow with my F-150!” I believe this one is subconscious, but I can’t be sure.)
3. Man against Himself (“Oh s**t! Turn into the slide! Turn into the slide!?!)
4. Man against God (“Oh please, oh please, I promise if I make it to work on time I will replace these bald tires.”)
5. Man against Society (“I pay enough taxes! Why can’t they plow these f*****g streets!)
6. Man caught in the Middle (“Maybe I should go early & beat the traffic…or late when it’s clearer..”)
7. Man & Woman (“Will you just let me DRIVE!”)
Knowing your winter driving style – like having a membership with AAA – can be handy. Unfortunately, accepting your Winter Driving Style, or trying to change it, is more like like AA.
Drive safely everyone. Remember – everyone else is an idiot but you.