November can be dicey! Today it was dicey, icy and just not nicy!
Travelling home from Grey Cup in Edmonton, it was a day of weather systems. Edmonton was foggy and flights after my departure to Calgary were cancelled. Calgary was 9 degrees at the airport late afternoon. In Regina by 6:30, it was cloudy and the humidity was climbing. The wind was pushing in a new system that would keep the temperatures up and rain was in the evening forecast. Presto; ice this morning and treacherous driving conditions! Welcome to Wednesday.
No matter where you were coming from, Southern Saskatchewan was one big rink! If you knew where your ice claws were, well good for you. Perhaps those tires have major treads. Did you wish for chains or were you using salt, sand or kitty litter to get you out of the drive way. I walked in the middle of the street where I could grip on the packed snow. Even bunnies were gliding on the crusty snow. Good times hanging on to light standards, street signs, fences, cars; whatever happened to be close at hand was the norm today.
I’ve driven in conditions that start out just fine, then turn ugly to the point you pray you’ll make it through in one piece. And in a situation like that does it really matter how good a driver you are. If the current tire your driving on isn’t suited for ice and snow and you start to spin, well, see you in the ditch! And I hope that its just that – the ditch and not spinning on the roof of your car.
Adventures are one thing, driving stories are great water cooler talk but when driving becomes dangerous, staying put isn’t such a bad route either.