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Old 05-27-2010, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Central Virginia
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Wavehunter, true, roads are dangerous in the winter (which I can't say I miss this time of year) , but I know from all of my husband's years at the insurance company that snow and ice does not cause the most accidents. In fact, rain, which causes hydroplaning causes more accidents than snow. I think maybe snow freaks some people out and they either stay off the roads or drive like an 80 year old (raises hand). The biggest cause of accidents is distracted drivers by either phones, texting, children, rubber necking etc.

Also it is true that many old folks die of heat exhaustion. I heard about it living in Florida all the time. It seems when it's cold, people bundle up, and take care of themselves more. But in the heat, people will go jogging or do something to cause heat exhuastion and dehydration and it sneaks up on them.

this is an interseting short article for anyone whose interested.

The 6 Most Common Causes of Automobile Crashes


As for weather, today is gorgeous. Days like yesterday remind me of why of I'm so glad to be out of the south. Oh the humidity! I was outside for an hour and my hair looked like Foxy Cleopatra.
But really the great thing about CT is that there are the 4 seasons. I love that while yesterday was 99 and muggy, today and this weekend are supposed to be beautiful. It's nice to have temps and weather fluctuate and not be consistently hot or cold.
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Old 05-27-2010, 05:43 PM
 
Location: CT
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Snows Kryptonite....

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Old 05-27-2010, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Quiet Corner Connecticut
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I ended up in an 11 car pileup on I-84, after a blizzard in 2005. Whiteout conditions made things get real bad, from 50 mph to the back bumper of a minivan. I also skidded down an unplowed hill in 2004, bumped into a car at the bottom.

I would never be as good as the rally driver shown in Tetto's picture
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Old 05-28-2010, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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I ended up in an 11 car pileup on I-84, after a blizzard in 2005. Whiteout conditions made things get real bad, from 50 mph to the back bumper of a minivan. I also skidded down an unplowed hill in 2004, bumped into a car at the bottom.

I would never be as good as the rally driver shown in Tetto's picture
Not to push the dagger in more but....did you think you would make it safe and sound "driving" in a "blizzard"??? Did the blizzard fall out of the sky unexpectedly???

It not the results that matter, it's the decisions leading up to the result.
Sorry.
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Old 05-28-2010, 06:31 PM
 
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Not to push the dagger in more but....did you think you would make it safe and sound "driving" in a "blizzard"??? Did the blizzard fall out of the sky unexpectedly???

It not the results that matter, it's the decisions leading up to the result.
Sorry.
Perhaps the OP is a cop/nurse/doctor/EMT/etc.? Some people don't have a choice but to drive in poor conditions.
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Old 05-28-2010, 09:03 PM
 
Location: USA East Coast
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Everyone has a perspective…and I’m sure there is no “right answer”.

However, in IMO the chances of dying in the heat are a bit of a stretch on average. Yes, hot weather has its dangers…but anyone who lives along the East Coast south of Boston knows how to deal with the occasional humid 100 F day. If you refuse to slow down (like trying to jog for a long distance, do very heavy labor…etc) on a 98F humid day – then you are looking for trouble. In the main, driving is much safer on a sunny 90F day than on an icy/snowy day. It’s just a fact. The CT State Police work the most accidents in the cold season (Dec – March) than at any other time of year. Once or twice a year in winter… we here the Governor or the state DOT tell us to stay off the roads…something I don’t think they would ever do on a sunny 85 or 95 F summer day.

For me, only when the daily temps are under 40 F it is too cold...but I hate snow. Fortunately in the coastal areas of the Tri-State region snow/temps under 40 F are normally confined to the time from mid December through mid March. May to early October is IMO the best time of year (granted there is a different vibe down here on the Connecticut shoreline than inland in summer): all the outdoor restaurants /bars/seafood places are full, the beaches area alive, everyone is tan, you can walk out of the house with the same clothing you were wearing inside the house, the woods in CT are as green as Thailand, there is activity everywhere…etc. Once December rolls around, what the draw, everything is dead outside, everyone is hold up inside, the sky is gray more often, the roads can get slippery, people are sick with cold/flu, everyone is depressed…I must be missing something, but what’s the draw? Road trips to sunny Florida is the only thing that makes Dec – through March tolerable in the Tri-State area.

So to all those who love the warm season…enjoy this Memorial Day weekend, Sun/Mon should be sunny and in the lower 80’s – perfect weather. To the winter fans don’t be sad…December is only 6 months away - lol.
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Old 05-28-2010, 11:20 PM
 
Location: Quiet Corner Connecticut
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Not to push the dagger in more but....did you think you would make it safe and sound "driving" in a "blizzard"??? Did the blizzard fall out of the sky unexpectedly???

It not the results that matter, it's the decisions leading up to the result.
Sorry.
1. It was after the storm had already pushed off the coast. The issue was, a big wind gust started blowing snow across 84 and reduced visibility to zero.

2. The semester started the next day.
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Old 05-29-2010, 09:30 AM
 
Location: The brown house on the cul de sac
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Not to push the dagger in more but....did you think you would make it safe and sound "driving" in a "blizzard"??? Did the blizzard fall out of the sky unexpectedly???

It not the results that matter, it's the decisions leading up to the result.
Sorry.
So where do you work that you can just stay home from work if snow is forecasted?
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Old 05-29-2010, 09:51 AM
 
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So where do you work that you can just stay home from work if snow is forecasted?
That's what I was wondering. I used to work for a company that wouldn't let you leave early/stay home from work unless the roads were officially closed by the state. It didn't matter what amount of snow was forecast.
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Old 05-29-2010, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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So where do you work that you can just stay home from work if snow is forecasted?

All over my brother. If there's 2 inches or more on ground I say ba bye and enjoy the sky sky.

and dont forget... snowmen are everywhere too.
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