i've written tips about winter weather
and have done my fair share plus of complaining about nashville drivers in the snow
today i'll give you a slight glimpse of what i'm talking about. which is timely because ICE is predicted today. oh joy!
as i see it there are a few distinct categories of nashville (or southern) snow drivers
in no particular order (except how it comes to my brain) here they are
the recent transplant
driving style: at least 20 mph faster than everyone else on the road, over-confident
(for tractor trailers, add 10 mph and a whole lot of aggressiveness. yikes)
the nervous nellie/ned
characteristics: have rarely if ever driven in snow, decide that wherever they need to go is clearly more important than the safety of everyone else in the city, bundled up in a heavy coat, thick gloves and a hat that keeps dropping over their eyes but they are too afraid to take their hands off the wheel to push it up
driving style: at least 20 mph slower than everyone else on the road, frequent braking, hands at 11 and 1 on the steering wheel and sitting at the very edge of their driver's seat
characteristics: is only experienced in driving to his or her local grocery store for bread/milk/eggs but feels that experience is just as good as anyone else's
driving style: speed varies, but braking is frequent
characteristics: knows there is snow/ice on the road and that it's slowing everyone else down, but doesn't feel as if it affects him/her, often spotted with "multi-tasking" items such as cell phone or coffee in hand, or makeup brush poised
driving style: at least 20 mph faster than everyone else, reckless when there ISN'T winter weather, so completely hazardous when there is. avoid this person at all costs.
on a scary(ier) note, here's actual footage of tennessee drivers on ice. yikes!
and some tips, should you need them. i kid in this post (kind of) but in ALL seriousness, be careful out there!
(all photos from google images)