Blue Cat Returns to Winter Driving

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Blue Cat had thought that winter was far behind him here in Colorado Springs – given that it’s May and it’s been in the 60’s and 70’s all week. But then Thursday happened.

It was a bright sunny day with some dark clouds by the mountains when Blue Cat’s scribe was driving home. But when he stopped at an intersection, he saw a wall of white coming slowing from the West. And then he drove into it – a heavy downpour of small hailstones. Not enough to dent the car, but more than enough to cover the road with 1/4-inch pellets of ice. Which made driving very difficult. (Well, the stopping and turning anyway.) Here’s what the hail looked like:

Hail, hail, the ice is all here...

Hail, hail, the ice is all here…

It’s a good thing Blue Cat’s scribe can improvise when driving – he took the longer but flatter route home so he didn’t have to go through the intersection that always has an accident when the roads are slippery. And it was good that the car had ABS and all-wheel-drive.

Spring in Colorado

Spring in Colorado

As you can see, Blue Cat lives in an area where the ground can be covered in ice and there are flowers on the trees.

He says you should come visit sometime – but make sure you bring a coat “just in case.”

© William P Doyle, Jr  2014  All Rights Reserved

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Blue Cat’s Driving Tips for the First Snow of the Season

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As you probably know, Blue Cat lives in Colorado. You’d think that would mean lots of snow, but it’s been pretty dry and warm so far this fall. Until today.

Here are some shots from Blue Cat’s front porch proving that it does snow in Colorado:

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Winter comes to Colorado

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Sitting in the snow is not a good idea…

Blue Cat takes a drive every morning, and this morning’s outing reminded him of a few things that everyone should think about when they’re driving in snow:

  • Four-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive help you go when it’s slippery, but they don’t help you stop. Slow down!
  • An icy hill means that you might not be able to go up. Pick another route if you don’t have all four wheels pulling you.
  • Curbs and front ends don’t mix. Don’t assume the car will turn when you tell it to.
  • If you don’t clear your windows, you can’t see. And if you can’t see, you can’t drive.
  • A snow brush/ice scraper is a good thing to have. It’s an even better thing to have in your car. (And not buried in your garage.)
  • Even if you are driving safely, the other guy may not be. Give everyone plenty of room and let them take the right of way.
  • Everyone realizes that bad weather means you may be late. Get started early and take your time – but it’s better to be late if it means you’re safe.

And did Blue Cat mention to slow down?

Wintery weather is really fun – it leads to skiing and snowboarding and sledding. And it looks really cool. Blue Cat just reminds you to be careful and courteous when you’re driving.

Got any cool pictures of winter in your neighborhood? Send them to Blue Cat by clicking here and he’ll add them to his post.

© William P Doyle, Jr  2013  All Rights Reserved