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A quiet, genteel rant

Posted by Lissa on March 29, 2011

Dearest fellow travelers of I-4,

It was indeed raining during last night’s commute. Truly, I sympathize with your desire to drive more slowly and with an extra dollop of caution. Nay, I applaud such action!

But, darling commuters, must you really decrease your speed to 10 mph? Thou art not wilting flowers, loves. The clear glass thingy that you look out of is called a windshield, and it will protect your dainty locks from that nasty ol’ rain. You needn’t worry about your delicate toes, as there is also something called a floorboard — that’s the carpeted surface upon which your appendages rest — and it will shield your tender toes from the wicked wetness.

In short, beloved fellow drivers, kindly do not allow a little fall of rain to completely erode whatever little driving sense you possess.

With deepest affection,

P.S. you suck!

5 Responses to “A quiet, genteel rant”

  1. Dragon said


    Take it from someone who lived in the south for a spell…those small light rains that last only an hour or two (if thats what you’re talking about) are exactly why folks go that slow.

    They KNOW how dangerous it can be. I learned the hard way in my youth, when I was an impatient Yankee wondering why folks were slowing down so much during a light rain.

    Then I found out.

    They call it Black Ice. See…when the streets get real hot (like they do in the south) regardless of being asphalt or concrete (worst with asphalt, but we’ll get to that next) the grease, oil, and drippings from the cars that is on the roadways, and especially heavy at intersections, tends to be hot too. Add hot water (rains in the Northeast are a cooler temp than in Florida) and what you have is a layer of drippy, greasy, oily car sludge covered in water, and the very light distillates in the drippy sludge had separated, and now are floating on TOP of the water.

    Short of running studded winter-in-Maine tires over that crap, its slicker than owlsh*t on an oil rig.

    And when its asphalt, you have the added oils *in* the asphalt separating out, and floating on the water along with the stuff that came from the drippy car sludge.

    I didn’t learn the first time…oh no…*I* had to wreck *two* cars before I realized that driving in the south during a rainshower was NOTHING like doing it in NY….

    Stay safe! 🙂

  2. Yeah, good luck with that, Lissa!

  3. I gotta agree with Dragon, the roads down here can get really slick on a hot day when the afternoon rain come. However, yesterday’s rain started in the middle of the night and was a constant drizzle all day long for most of the area. There shouldn’t have been much Florida Black Ice effect going on.

    The other thing to remember is that the population down here tends to be a bit older, so, you have grannys and gramps to watch out for on the road, many of which have aging sight and can’t see as well in the rain.

    Lissa, hope you are enjoying living down here anyway.


  4. Terence said

    Interesting. If it really pours down buckets for half an hour or so, does that stuff wash off the road?

  5. Brad K. said


    I grew up in NW Iowa, and worked two winters in Minneapolis. I have driven in snow. Not an expert, I respect it, but I have driven in snow in Colorado where I couldn’t see the hood of the car. And made it home.

    That said, one of the fundamentals of driving, is that the other drivers are as much a condition of the road as any rain, hail, tornado, tsunami, or black ice. If the locals don’t know how to drive on wet pavement (God keep me out of Norfolk, VA, on a rainy night, please – I think Virginia shot the last road engineer in the Revolutionary war), then paying attention to road conditions, as always, includes making allowances for the average – and aberrant – skill levels of the other drivers.

    I have noticed that leaving a couple hundred feet of space in front of my car, even when snailing along, reduces my level of anxiety and frustration. It is wearying to keep up with the small speed changes of the driver ahead, when you are a car length or two back. Leave a bit more room, not drive slower, just leave more space, and you make the drivers behind you more comfortable, yourself more comfortable – and you don’t cost yourself any time. Not only that, but for your own immediate vicinity, you have reduced the concentration of exhaust sources and improved air quality.

    If the locals cannot drive over 10 mph, then that is the proper speed to drive. Making a scared driver or someone at the limits of their experience, skill, nerves, or concern exceed those limits is unkind, and bullying seldom improves the community.

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