Let It Snow, Continued

Still snowing with an anticipated 2-6″ more tonight. I was scheduled to work tonight, so I headed on over to Snohomish around 5. NJ came with me, so that she and her brother could go sledding. It turned into some great educational opportunities (“How To Steer Into A Skid” being a particularly hands-on lesson, followed immediately by “How Not To Overcorrect” – those years of driving to the ski slopes certainly came in handy). We saw many cars skidded out on the side of the road. And we watched one huge truck actually slide off the highway, cruise down the ditch at high speed, and manage to power it back onto the road. Sporty.

Alas, I discovered that as much as I adore the BMW, it’s the worst dog of a car I’ve ever driven in snow. German engineering, pah! I was sorely disappointed with her performance out there. My Hyundai Excel did better than that. Hell, my mother’s 1974 Camaro did better than that! I became so stuck in a parking lot in Snohomish that I was forced to resort to my chains. Which, on the positive side, are significantly easier to put on than the ones we used on the aforementioned Camaro! (You remember, the kind where the excess chain would get loose & beat the heck out of your car??) These had three easy steps, a simple tightening system, and at no time was I crawling in the slush trying to reach around the back of the tire. Not at all like when Mom taught me how to put chains on the car – a lesson for which I am very grateful – no helpless damsel routine here! Voila! On the road again with no further drama. Now I’m home safe, we have extra food supplies, and there’s no need to leave the boat for days…

One Response to “Let It Snow, Continued”

  1. rob
    November 28, 2006 at 10:59 am #

    Never had to put on chains (never owned a pair) so wouldn`t know how to do it!as I live in the south of the UK!its still like an early fall here at the moment!