Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Things That Piss Me Off # 5409
Look. I understand. Driving through a thunderstorm is a scary proposition when it is raining very hard and the wind is blowing seventy odd mph. I get it.
However, if you are on a heavily trafficked road, slowing down and impeding traffic is not a wise idea. Putting on your flashers isn't helping, either. Why?
Because of your fearful reaction, people could die. Probably not you, because you'll probably just motor on like nothing happened. But the people behind you? Their patience is gonna run out and they will try to pass you. And it's not likely to be the guy right behind you - nope, it's the impatient idjut five cars behind who will pull out to pass the whole bunch and end up in a head on collision.
All because you had no business being out there if you can't keep up with traffic.
So, pull off the road already and wait it out if the weather scares you so badly. No, not on the side of the road, dummy - someone will come along and rear end you, and you might get hurt as well. Nope, find a driveway or a side road and get the f&(k outta the way. If you are on an interstate or some such, do not pull under an overpass and park on the side of the road. For the same reason. Exit the damn road, stupid.
When the conditions are bad like that, I'd just about as soon be in my truck. Why, you ask?
For one thing, my windshields are nearly vertical. Look at your car and see how your windshield is considerably sloped rearward. Imagine gallons of water being dumped on your car at once. My vertical windshield will shed water far more quickly than your sloped one will. My wipers keep up.
I'm also usually heavy enough that hydroplaning isn't as big of an issue as well. So, I can see where I'm going, and am tracking straight without being jerked around. Even my pickup has more vertical glass.
But all that is neither here nor there if you find yourself too scared to drive with the rest of the crowd. Do us all and yourself a favor - get off the road and wait until it clears. On the Great Plains, that generally takes all of five minutes.