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Rick's List: Driving safety tips

By Rick Koster

Publication: The Day

Published February 08. 2014 4:00AM

Rick Koster offers weekly lists of ideas, notions and things that must be seen to be believed. This week: winter driving safety tips.

It was Tuesday morning, heavy snow/sleet, and the New London streets were coated with icy mush. As I sat at a traffic signal, a young driver in a compact car roared from a side street, accelerating to make a left hand turn against a yellow light. The car spun about 540 degrees and halted — and afforded me a clear view of the shocked driver’s doltish expression: like a sheep that suddenly woke up and found itself on fire. If similar morons feel strongly about driving during snowstorms, here are a few tips.

1. Just to see if you can pull it off, speed to and from home to work in reverse.

2. Don’t bother to clear all of your windshield and windows. Just scrape a softball-sized space just over the steering wheel. That’s all the visibility you need.

3. The night before a blizzard hits, place pieces of brick and shards of glass on top of your car. Then — because it would never occur to you to remove the subsequent shelf of snow from the auto’s roof before you drive — when the sheets of frozen snow fly off your vehicle and into the windshield of the car behind you, the rock and glass will provide even more damage.

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