Driving tips from bus driver dad

My comments from last week, which were about the increasing rate people are driving off our interstate highway, contains a few of the many bad weather driving tips I feel qualified to pass on to you. I feel qualified because in 35 years of driving in Vermont, I've not slid off the interstate. Not being cocky, just sayin' so.

If you study and practice, meditate on the following thoughts and tips-you won't necessarily always stay between the white lines, but you'll be better equipped to try like hell.

When driving, try hard to stay focused. I do and attribute my ability to focus to the two notes listed below:

1. My Greyhound Bus driver dad (nicknamed "Dry Ice DeWees" by his peers), taught me to drive and instilled in me the importance of steadfast concentration.

2. There are two kinds of drivers: those who've crashed, and those who are going to crash. Carrying this creed helps remind me to keep practicing the first rule.

From approximately mid-October to late April, in less then half of one minute, Vermont's interstate highway conditions can turn from 100 percent clear and dry, to 100 percent wet and slick with zero visibility. Always remember that and you'll never let your guard down. Then, too, reserve a portion of your mind to house the following: "If I drive well within my ability and the parameters of which the present conditions allow for me to end up in the ditch, I'd have steer and aim for it."

Am I suggesting keeping from driving into a ditch during a snowstorm can be done simply through the power of mind over matter? Not exactly.

Whenever possible, stay off the roads when they're bad. These days weathercasters forecast a month in advance-heed their warnings. Schedule your fun night out another time, and or, don't schedule fun nights out, period. Most of you people who drive off the road are the type to complain about taxes. If you stay the heck home, you'll save money and have more left to spend on your taxes, so you won't feel the need to complain, and the less complaining you do the more relaxed you'll be, which will free your spirit to the point that you'll be more likely to want to stay home and enjoy the company of your spouse and children, thus keeping you off the roads. The knee bone is connected to the thigh bone, as staying home in bad weather is connected to not going off the road, is connected to... happily paying taxes?

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