Just when it looked like we might have had enough, it starts snowing AGAIN here in VA.
It has been an unprecidented winter for Virginian’s this year with a total of three major snow storms and at least one more in our forecast.
The irony of this winter is, pictures like the one above would be expected in my Canadian hometown but has become the norm here in VA and Canada looks like this:
It is possible that I take things for granted, being that I grew up in a country where snow fall occurred as regularly as blinking. Yet, there are just some things that are plain common sense; so for all those contending with this winter wonderland, here are a few things I beg of you to keep in mind:
- Clean ALL snow off your car. Why anyone would leave a parking space with two feet of snow on the roof of their car is beyond me; except that they haven’t been on the receiving end of that snow flying off someones rooftop at 55mph.
- Defrost before driving. I saw a guy yesterday, parked precariously on an on ramp with his arm stretched out the driver side window trying to scrape the ice from his windshield. You’re showing your car you love it to let it warm up before driving, and showing other drivers you aren’t an idiot…
- Regularly shovel snow. I had no intention of going anywhere the first weekend it snowed; but I learned in Canada that you are in MUCH better shape if you go out every few hours and clear the snow off your car and the spot your parked in. Then you don’t have to complain about the snow plow blocking your car in; they have no choice, if they plow, it will pile up on either side of the road. Elementary. You won’t have three feet to clear if you go out every so often and shovel it away.
- DON’T dump unwanted snow onto a neighbors space. I know, snow is a pain. One of the reasons why I moved to VA; but you only look like a jerk when your neighbor comes out to see your car and spot nicely shoveled and the neighboring side of their space piled up with YOUR snow. Rude.
- DO help your neighbor out. Especially here in the south; not everyone has a shovel!! If you have one, and are cleaning off your space, help the neighbor to the right and left of you. It only takes a few more minutes, and if everyone was willing to pitch in, the blizzards we’ve had would be a little more bearable.
- DON’T drive like the roads are dry or disastrous. There is NOTHING worse than getting out on snowy roads and having the one person unnecessarily going 20mph; that’s white-out speed. If you are not comfortable driving in the snow, STAY HOME. But don’t be the person that is flying 10mph over the speed limit when the roads are slushy and wet. I had a guy come up behind me FLYING and saw him hit the breaks and fish-tail in my rear-view mirror. I braced for impact. Thankfully, he managed to stop, change lanes, and then fly by me to do the same to the next car. Always remember, it isn’t just YOUR life that is in danger on the road; be smart.
Those are just the ones I can think of now…but I am sure I am not the only one suffering from snow-angst! Anyone else have pearls of wisdom to add to this etiquette blog??