Skip to main content

Winter Driving

I will admit, I consider myself to be a fairly competent driver when it comes to driving a vehicle.



I do have to admit, though that I got into a bit of a situation on Saturday night/Sunday morning when driving from Sioux City, IA to Iowa City, IA.  Just south of Cedar Rapids, I started to lose control of steering on my car and started to slide off to the right side of the road, first going into the shoulder area, and then later off the road surface itself.  When faced with a 1/20th of a mile marker (the posts they have alongside the road where the mile markers end up being) intersecting with the front of my car, I swerved to the right into a shallow ditch to avoid a collision.  I was then stuck on the side of the road in the grass.  As soon as I got in the ditch, I called roadside assistance, and got a tow truck lined up.  Had 3 cops stop by to check and see if I was okay, since there wasn't a tow ban, I was in the clear to wait for the tow truck.  I was fortunate to not have been only stuck in a ditch rather than having damage to my car AND being stuck in a ditch.

The tow truck driver was very knowledgeable on the situation and was able to bring me to safety.  While I sat in the ditch, 3 snow plows drove by, and between the time the last plow drove by and the time when I was freed from the ditch, nearly 2 inches of snow was then on the road.  Winter weather is not something to take lightly, and keeping your priority on the road rather than on some electronic or phone call is important.  Also, assessing the situations that you are about to encounter are very important.  Know how to deal with the situation and how to stay calm and relaxed in the heat of the moment.  I'm ever grateful for the people who drove by and stopped to make sure I was okay, and for those first-responders who were braving the conditions themselves to make sure that everyone who is in trouble is safe and still alive.  Additionally for the tow truck drivers who have gone through the proper training and deal with some of the situations year after year.  I finally made it to my destination at 2:30 AM after leaving Sioux City at 5:30 PM, a drive that normally takes about 4 hours and 30 minutes.  I ended up spending 90 minutes in a ditch.  I'm happy to be safe, and don't plan on driving until I head home.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Using Diabetes as a Guide #dblogweek

Today marks the final day of  dblogweek  for 2017 and today's topic is "More Than Diabetes" which is a topic focused on letting readers of dblog week get to know me better. Below is the prompt, makes pretty good sense. Lets wrap up the week by sharing a little more about ourselves, beyond the chronic illness we or our loved ones live with.  Share an interest, hobby, passion, something that is YOU.  If you want to explore how it relates to or helps with diabetes you can.   Or let it be a part of you that is completely separate from diabetes, because there is more to life than just diabetes!  For people who have previously read my blog, you would likely know some of the story of me outside of diabetes, but after diagnosis (just before my senior year in High School) it really did shape my life quite a bit, it changed the course of my life forever. It started me on the course to go into a major in college where I could use my skills to make a difference in the lives of ot

Tin/Aluminum Diaversary

Just going to clear this up real quick like: Diabetes + Anniversary = Diaversary. 10 years ago, I went to the doctor for a routine physical, I was very skinny at the time (skinny for me) and doing alright, just drinking a lot of liquid, and peeing all of the time (I know, gross...but it is important). I went to the doctor for a physical, and had blood drawn as my dad was concerned about my kidney function based on the liquid output that I had shown. I had gone to the doctor's office, and then went out to work for the day, and then went home afterwards. As I returned home, we were preparing for supper, and a call came on the phone. That phone call will be the point that forever changed my life.

Stories of Hacking: Part 1

So after my first post, Why Hack?  I have decided to start a multi-part series on some of the things that really got me interested in programming.  Some of these things may kind of scare people who I gave assistance to in the past as I've done some things that may later in life make you a little bit upset.