Remember back in December when we all like, look it's Christmas and over 40 degrees. Look I don't need a heavy coat, or a scarf, or a hat. Remember when we could drive to Grandma's house without crashing. The whole time I was thinking, we are going to pay for this. Well, that bill always comes due in February, and boy has it! The whole (well all 3 days of it) month has been messy here in Chicagoland. The 8 inches of snow we were supposed to get on Sunday turned into 16.7. Are you kidding me? But tonight was the topper. A simple snowfall of 2 inches timed between 3:30 and 5:15, caused my usual 25 minute commute to turn into a one hour 15 minute saga, I almost had to stop at the strip club to pee after a couple of innocent sips of my water.
While sitting through the light for the third time, my wondering mind started to develop a list of rules that would make commuting better for all of us during these trying times.
It can start to get better before you even turn the key. Now I know we are all in a hurry. We woke up late because we were twerking or stalking people on Facebook late into the night, but leaving just 10 minutes earlier than normal will reduce the need for you to ride my butt through my neighborhood, that is filled with icy slush, while there are kids waiting for the school bus on the corners (you know who you are dude in the black Honda, and I know you would be the first to complain had those been your kids), all while I was maintaining the legal speed limit.
Also, don't be this guy.
Seriously, take 5 minutes to clean off your car. See here is the thing, you think, the snow on my car is not going to make any difference in the amount of snow on the roads, and then 50 of your like minded friends think the same thing. Then we are all sitting through the strip club light for 3 straight red light cycles. Another question is, how in the heck can you see out of that thing and doesn't make claustrophobic to be trapped in that little box with barely any light coming in?
Now those of you that know me, know that I am a short girl. I own a car that I cannot clean off with a regular brush, so I went out and found a brush that I can use to clean off my whole car before I leave. Took like 5 minutes at Home Depot, or don't drive a car that is completely too big for you.
It should be noted that I followed this guy for close to 5 miles and I didn't see any snow come off, but then again we were not even going 10 mph.
While driving, give the car in front of you 2 car lengths, your insurance premium and your checkbook will thank you. Also, slow the heck down, we all have places we need to be, and I don't need you being unsafe and speeding, tailgating (honking - you know gray honda truck guy who you are, I saw what you did) at people who are just trying to get home, and who are driving the posted speed limit. Also, don't pull out in front of people unless you are prepared to get smacked, because I will not dodge into another car in order to not hit you. I will hit you and you will explain how that happened to the coppers.
The basic point to this, is stop being an ass. The reason that we wait in traffic is because jerks like you couldn't be bothered to wait your turn and so you did something stupid that put you and others at risk. Now I am waiting for people to get around the accident you caused. Now you are late, the people you hit are late and everyone else on the ride home is late. Totally worth it wasn't it. Oh, that's right, it wouldn't happen to you, because you are like the best driver ever, and we are all scared to be out there driving and shouldn't be on the roads...I totally forgot that.
CLEAN OFF YOU CAR
BE RESPECTFUL OF OTHERS