Only 16 percent of Washington drivers are significantly concerned about driving in the snow, according to a poll released by PEMCO Insurance. They might not be concerned about their driving, but I am. This fits right in with the feud that took place among commenters on one of our recent snow stories. There were people who said they were great snow drivers because they’re from somewhere else where it snows alot. Locals shot back that our snow is more slippery than your snow.
Then people chimed in that they weren’t going to drive. They’re mountain men who cut cords of wood and had generators and guns so they didn’t have to go anywhere. One guy told somebody to go back to mamby pamby land.
Anyway, back to the poll. Fifty-eight percent of Washington drivers say they’re comfortable driving in the snow and are safter at it than other drivers. PEMCO thought there would be a lot more people like its “First Snowflake Freakout Lady.” Men can drive in the snow, at least according to 77 percent of them. Only 45 percent of women say they feel comfortable doing it.
According to the poll, only one-third of Washington drivers carry chains (I used to have some) and only 44 percent have ever installed chains (Did it a few times; hate it. Seems like it’s always cold and wet when you need them). Of those 44 percent, 67 percent are men and just 28 percent women.
The bottom line, PEMCO says, is it’s safest just to stay off the roads. Plus, they won’t have to pay out so many claims.
My worst experience was driving to work years ago. There was a ton of snow on the road and it was sloppy. I was on Highway 16 between Burley-Olalla and Mullenix when this flatbed truck blasted past me in the fast lane. He had a slush roostertail like Miss Bardahl and most of it went on my windshield. Couldn’t see a thing. Suddenly I’m spinning. I’m driving backward, looking at the cars coming up behind me. I keep spinning and lodge in a snowbank. Luckily, I didn’t even have to get out of the car. I rocked it back and forth a few times and escaped, with my heart thumping. Wound up with a flat tire, but that’s it.
I was going to tell you a few more, but that’s enough for now.