Defensive Driving in the Snow
By Chris Elliott
March 19, 2007
Driving to work Tuesday morning in the hail, the brakes on my
AWD Subaru Forester locked up about midway between Fifth and
Fourth going down Jefferson. I began to slide and pick up speed.
After following Bill Cosby's instructions to "turn into
the slide", I began honking my horn and blinking my lights
to alert the drivers at the intersection that I was, apparently,
going to re-enact the car chase scene from Bullitt. Instead,
I t-boned the vehicle of a hapless young woman halfway across
the intersection of Jefferson and Fourth. After the impact, I
continued to slide downhill and was finally able to skid into
a private roadway before entering the Third Avenue Bypass intersection.
Quite a trip. As Ricky Bobby says, you have to ride with the
All kidding aside, it was an
alarming experience and the car I hit had to be towed away. Luckily,
no one was injured. The reason for this letter is to warn everyone
to drive defensively, especially at this time of year. You never
know when the unexpected will strike.
Received March 14, 2007 - Published March 19, 2007
About: "Ketchikan resident
with no moving violation"
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