On Nov 27, 9:21 pm, email@example.com wrote:
I'm glad you finally agree with what I said way back up thread. If
you had stuck to the subject all this hoo fa ra wouldn't have
YOu addition of "blizzard" is not an improvement as the same advice
pertains to both blizzard, fog, dust strom . Where-ever there is
greatly reduced visibility.
Your addition of "stay in the car" was alos an unnedded additon as I
had said nothing at all about it until you added it. The advice from
experts (again) is if you can't get the car off the road - GET OUT OF
THE CAR AND OFF THE ROAD until the crashign ends.
Depends on what you mean by "blizzard." A few years ago, it snowed THREE
times in Houston, about 1/4" each time. They closed the schools. They closed
the roads. They closed the airports. Those families that didn't huddle in
the family room, filled the church pews. Grocery stores ran out of canned
Little children, wearing all the clothes they owned, scraped the snow from
car hoods, constructed six-inch tall snowmen and called them good.
We still refer to the "Blizzards of ought-six!"
Define "south." Define "some time." Weather was nice last time I was
in Texas. Time before that--1973--I didn't see much snow but there sure
was a heck of a lot of ice everywhere.
Anyway, in spite of not changing the subject line, plenty of people in
this thread have been talking about places other than Texas and
conditions other than fog.
βGrant me the serenity to accept those I cannot change;
It is the rare freeway that does not have wide, shallow berms. Of
course the byways are another sory.
You are in dense fog and will wait for an exit? Not me, I will be as
far off the road as I can get (withoing reason) as soon as I can find
the edge of the highway.
There's no easy answer if you can't see where you're going, unless you
really know the road.
Plenty of interstates have steep drop-offs past the edge.
Am I driving into a river?
I'm sure that many won't leave the road for that reason.
And with drainage at the sides, you're probably looking at a tow and
maybe some repairs.
If it came to it, I'd probably go left into the median. But hell, you
can't see that either.
<It is the rare freeway that does not have wide, shallow berms. Of course
the byways are another sory. You are in dense fog and will wait for an exit?
Not me, I will be as
far off the road as I can get (within reason) as soon as I can find the edge
of the highway.>
When I was in California, I found myself cresting a small mountain with the
morning rush hour traffic and then entering fog so thick I was not able to
see anything but the tail lights of the car ahead of me and the headlights
of the car behind me. I was panicking but these drivers slowed just a
little bit and all followed the leader for several miles until the fog was
gone. It all depends on how good the "point" driver is, I guess. I think
things would have been much worse outside of rush hour with people traveling
at higher speeds. I really thought we were all going to die but we hust
I thought about pulling over but up there in the mountains, every foot you
stray from the traveling portion of the roadway could be a foot closer to a
very steep drop. Staying in lane (no one passed anyone!) and proceeding
slowly but carefully seemed to work out in that case. Every case is
different, though. I really got the impression this was such a common event
on that particular mountain that people just figured out what worked and
Fog and blizzard driving are two very different things. Unless you're an
emergency responder, there's little excuse for getting caught in a blizzard
with today's weather forecasting technology. I am not sure I'd go very far
off the road in a blizzard because you could get buried by a snowplow and
end up like Per Hansa from "Giants in the Earth." I would try to find an
exit and a motel ASAP or even a gas station or restaurant, especially if
conditions were worsening. Two years in Buffalo, where snow starts in
October and lingers until May.
On Mon, 26 Nov 2012 15:28:37 -0500, "Robert Green"
"Today's weather forecasting technology". Now *that's* funny!
We drove through one a couple of decades ago on a trip from Eastern NY
to East-central IL. The snow started about the western 100mi of I80
in PA. From there to Columbus, OH took eight hours, where it turned
into ice. At times it was so bad that the only thing I could see was
the tail lights of the truck I was glued to. If he was driving across
corn fields, so was I. Trucks occasionally passed us at "normal"
highway speeds and it was "dead reckoning" for 20-30 seconds.
I wouldn't have made the trip at all except that the FIL was in the
hospital, for the last time. We wanted to get our son there to see
him for the last time.
I'm familiar with that highway since I lived in Beaumont once. Some
people who live there drive crazy like driving 70 mph in blinding fog
when they can't even see in front of their car/truck. I saw this when
I lived there unfortunately.
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