January 29, 2010
How to Drive on The Ice for Dummies: Tulsa Edition
Dear Tulsa Area People:
#1. DO NOT use your brake unless you are going 10mph or less. This is how bad things happen. If you are approaching an intersection, stop sign or light, simply take your foot off the gas about 100 yards out. Think football field if you are depth perception impaired. If you are in a situation where you need to stop more un-expectedly then use the little numbers on your gear shift.
#3. DO NOT use your brakes unless you are driving less than 10mph. Did I day that one already? Yes? Well. Sometimes certain people need repetitive mentions. And by all means use gentle pressure. Think soothing heated stone massage, not massage by Helga.
#4. DO NOT get all cocky and confident once you've been going along a-ok for a bit. It is certain this is when you'll forget rules and break #1 & #3.
#5. Be aware of idiots around you who do not follow the rules. (They will be the ones you can laugh at on down the road when they are stuck in a ditch.)
#6. If you swerve, or go into a spin turn into the spin. Remember driver's ed. And do NOT slam on the brakes. Take your foot off the gas. Turn into the spin.
#7. Do not drive too fast. Allow more time. I mean, duh, really. Double the normal time. Your ill preparation and lack of planning does not give you the right to drive like a raving lunatic.
You see, I've been hit by an uninformed paniky driver who slammed on her brakes on ice, went into a few 360's and hit me head on. Not fun. Not fun. At. All. Therefore, I choose to educate the ice-navigating challenged people of the area. Just doing my part. Kind of like here