Keller @ Large: Snow Survival Tips For Drivers

BOSTON (CBS) – As you’ve been hearing, there is accumulating snow in the forecast for tomorrow.

For those with short memories, let me explain what this is.

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

According to, snow is “precipitation in the form of ice crystals, mainly of intricately branched, hexagonal form and often agglomerated into snowflakes, formed directly from the freezing of the water vapor in the air.”

And when these ice crystals pile up on the roads, guess what – they get slippery!

We haven’t had much experience with driving in snow this winter, and judging from what I’ve seen in the past, even when we do have experience, some of us don’t learn from it.

So here we go with some hopefully helpful tips on how to handle the approaching non-catastrophe.

First of all, if the snow is heavy tomorrow, don’t expect to head out early in the storm and expect the roads to be plowed.

The DPW is not out there lining the streets with blowtorches to melt the flakes as they fall.

They will let it start to pile up, then go out and plow it.

If you must drive somewhere during the snow, be warned – a snow-covered windshield is hard to see through, and driving blind can be a risky venture.

Most hardware stores sell something called a scraper, which will help you remove the snow so you can see.

And may I suggest, if it’s not too much trouble, that you clear all windows completely, rather than just a grapefruit-sized hole in front of the steering wheel, so that others on the road might live?

Finally, if you do find yourself on the road during the storm, please resist the impulse to speed so you can get home quickly to watch the news for video of accidents on the snow-covered roads.

The snow is not conducive to driving fast, a fact ignored by most of the drivers you see on the news waiting for their wrecked car to be towed.

Don’t worry, we’ll survive tomorrow’s ordeal.

Even if we are the first New Englanders to ever have to endure it.

You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday at 7:55 a.m. and 12:25 p.m. You can also watch Jon on WBZ-TV News.

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  • The Owl

    Other rules for driving in snow:

    Don’t stop on a hill. You may be there for a while. And so will all the others behind you. Their comments would challenge any censor.

    Move slow for safety but fast enough that the car controls what happens, not the snow.

    See Do Not Stop, above. A 2% rise can constitute a hill in a snowstorm.

    • The Owl

      Oh, and when cruising up a hill, don’t pull in on somebody who is moving and put on your brakes. It makes HIM stop. All that swearing will be redirected to you.

  • emom

    First ,,,,,, SLOW DOWN……I cant tell you how many people feel the need to speed during bad weather. Next don’t tailgate… Heaven forbid if the person in front of you starts to slide, swerves, or just stops fast,,, You will plow straight into them. Of this should be a NO-BRAINER….. CLEAR EVERY WINDOW ON THE CAR….. Please.. I can not understand why they don’t and furthermore how in the heck can you even see ….. its like driving with a blind fold on;
    Did I mention SLOW DOWN.. needs repeating. ..
    I swear most have lost their minds,, Its snow and it’s not as if we have never driven in it before… Oh But wait most cant drive in rain or sunshine. I agree with a poster on facebook,, Reread the driving manual.. so many don’t abide by the road rules…. most are in a damn hurry……. I did mention….. SLOW DOWN. gee what a concept. Oh and put down the hand held phone, and stop fumbling for that pack of cigarettes and the lighter you just dropped on the floor… Its not worth someones life.,
    As for driving up hills in the snow, Well yes do not stop ever, But Lets put it this way It is not always safe either.. I have seen far to many try only to slide down the hill and if there is anyone behind them,,,, talk abut a huge pile up of cars. Avoid the hill till its clear to drive. going up or down.. Its far safer to travel ,,,,,,,,,,,, Oh don’t remember If I had mentioned it………………………..’
    CLEAR THE DAMN WINDOWS AND SLOW THE HECK DOWN……. Have a safe day please,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • tsalnew

    Aren’t we just getting a couple of inches?

    Another rule is if you have four wheel drive please do not think you can drive at regular speeds. And do remember that four wheels slide just as well on ice as two. All it takes is common sense – it doesn’t matter if you have rear wheel, front wheel or four wheel.

    Oops – forgot common sense nowadays is in short demand – hence the request to remove snow from all windows (and roof)

  • tsalnew

    I know why no one is here – they are all out dusting off their snowblowers and cleaning their cars ;)

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