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Remember: EVERYTHING slides on Vail’s icy roads

Charlie Owen
Special to the DailyCharlie Owen makes it clear. The yahoos are on the road, so slow down and be careful on Vail's snowy roads.

It’s official. With the opening of Vail and Thanksgiving less than a week away, winter is here, and not a moment too soon. Snow is in the air and on the ground reminding us that just like our lives, seasons change. Just when the thrill of summer weather wears off and the bikes are being put back into storage, you know that it won’t be long until you’re sliding down that mountain.

It seems that some people just can’t wait to begin sliding on something … anything will do. As soon as the snow starts sticking to the road, everyone starts pretending they are on the hill with a coat of fresh wax on their tires. And before you know it, you’re in a five car pile-up, exchanging insurance information with four other motorists who couldn’t wait to get their ski passes scanned for the first time of the season.

Accidents happen, I know, I’ve been in a few myself. Accidents are not fun. In fact, they usually end up being rather expensive and time consuming; that’s assuming nobody was injured.

So why is it that everyone just goes insane when the white stuff starts flying. I never see anyone start running as fast as they can on a slick surface with deadly objects all around and other people in the way. So why is it OK to drive this way?

First of all, a Hummer is not a tank. You can still slide off the road into a ditch or worse, slam into another car when you can’t stop because your doing 90 and your vehicle weighs more than a herd of elephants.

But it wouldn’t be fair to single out Hummers. How about all SUV drivers that think they are invincible because they have 4 wheel drive. And while we’re at it all the people that drive regular old cars that think they are driving SUVs, please slow down and watch where you’re going. PLEASE.

I can’t count the number of times I’ve had to sit in a line of traffic five miles long because the person at the head of the line missed the “how to drive in bad weather” part of their driver’s education course. I’m not trying to make light of anyone’s situation but if you don’t have it figured out by now, maybe you should go back to driver’s education, or just hand in your license.

What I can’t figure out is why do we go from peaceful, traffic law abiding citizens when the weather is nice to demon possessed kill- or- be- killed maniacs at the first sign of a falling snowflake. The job, home or airport that we are speeding off to will still be there when we arrive, so there really is no need to put everyone else’s lives in danger because you don’t possess the ability to lift your foot off of the gas pedal in a blizzard. In the grand scheme of things, how does reckless wintertime driving benefit anyone?

We don’t live in Texas! This is Vail … Colorado! It has been snowing here since the beginning of time and hopefully always will be.

We build our industry around the snow, we schedule our time around the snow and it just seems logical that we should be able to cope with driving when snow is on the road.

So I guess when you see me in a ditch on the side of the road in the middle of the perfect storm you can stop and point your finger and tell me that I should have minded my own advice.

But until then, please slow down and think about your fellow man, and remember that roads are not racetracks and EVERYTHING slides on ice.

Vail Daily, Vail Colorado CO

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