We got finally some snow. Not too much, just enough to intensify Christmas carols on the radio, ignite spending amok in shopping malls and make plowing business full of hope. As every year the first thought in the morning is “is it a right time to set the Christmas tree or not yet?” or “should I start looking for a gifts for boxing day or not yet?” Somehow the wet white stuff falling from the sky makes people feel different like they have just open a new chapter in their life.
I would not care less about annoying Christmas commercials played on the radio and TV since November 1st, nor I would care about stupid flyers thrown into mailbox, nor I would care about my neighbor plowing through his basement in search for winter jackets or mittens. The first thing I do care is how (bad) driving will be this morning. Not because of this laughable amount of snow that will disappear before the afternoon, but because of mindless state of other people driving this morning. Every year I can see plenty of drivers who behave like they completely lost their mind as soon as first snow flake hits the road. Soccer moms in minivans, seniors in buicks, ego maniacs in monster SUVs, they all behave like they suddenly lost all their driving skills (assuming they’ve ever had any skills).
I would never expect that desperately thin layer of snow would ever bother any driver, who passed the driving test. I would expect that traffic flow will not change and the only obstacle slowing it down would be cyclist in middle of West Hunt Club Rd. Yet large number of drivers behave like their IQ never reached double digit numbers and they drive like Alice in Wonderland. How is it that in Canada, where where half a year we have real winter and parking lots in northern provinces are occupied by polar bears, people still have no clue how to drive in snow. Suddenly drivers got scared by white powder on street like it was a deadly poison. As the result streets are congested, traffic is moving slow like molasses and I have to keep hand on honk like I was driving in Italy.
It makes me wonder why in this geographical region there are no compulsory learning how to drive in winter conditions. How come driving schools are limited to parallel parking and driving with speed of a horse in a school zone, and absolutely no attention is paid to teaching about driving in winter conditions! Average Joe has no idea how to behave when car loses grip, when ABS fails, or what to do with under- or over-steering on black ice.
Perhaps Ontario government some day will stop wasting time on inventing new taxes and hiking hydro rates and it will start improving regulations for driving schools so average Joe will know a little bit more than how to do parallel parking.
It is up to us, tax payers, to demand from provincial government implementing some useful changes. It would be nice, wouldn’t it….