Thoughts on Winter Driving

I’ve spent the last few weekends driving here, there, and everywhere…..and I have some thoughts to share with the world.  These might be most relevant to people living in South Dakota, but anyone living in a snowy climate will be able to relate.  This should be especially helpful given the looming winter storm!

First–I know that when it’s blowing snow and nasty outside it can get a bit hard to see the road.  I know that this can cause a certain amount of nervous energy to develop.  However, turning on your brights is not going to make anything clearer!  Instead you’re just going to blind and annoy the drivers around you, and you’re going to experience something akin to the Millennium Falcon entering warp speed!


While cool and geeky….this isn’t exactly the view you want when you’re trying to keep the car between the icy lines!


Second–I don’t know what sort of mystical meteorological forces are at work in the Northeast corner of South Dakota, but why is Summit always such a Bermuda triangle of weather?!


“Yes, back from Bermuda and the Century, heh heh. And believe me, you can have it. One big, modern mess!”

Merlin knows what’s up!  Was he in the tropics….was he in Summit… one will ever really know for sure.  But seriously, it could be sunny from here to Canada but Summit will be raining.  Why?!  I know it’s something to do with elevation or some such science-y thing, but that still doesn’t change the fact that it’s always crappy and unpleasant.


If you’ve travelled Eastern South Dakota in winter, odds are you’ve been stuck at this gas station a time or two….the Summit Coffee Cup!

Third–Don’t for one second assume that Western South Dakota is immune from weird weather patterns.  There is a small corner of the interstate down by the Interior exit which is always crappy!  I had bone dry roads the whole way out to the Hills the other weekend except for that corner and up to Wall.  Nearly every time I drove home for school it was crappy.  Last year I had white out conditions there on the way to New Years!  Hail in the summer, snow in the winter, it’s always crummy driving.

Welcome to Interior      “The Summit of the West!”

–I clearly should have been in marketing!

Fourth–Do you ever experience road envy?!  Like when your side of the interstate is snow covered, blowing, and icky but you can see that cars on the other side are driving in both lanes on dry road.  It’s the worst!  I’m sure it just has to do with how the wind is blowing or whatever, but it’s still super annoying.  You’re trapped in some sort of car caravan because there’s safety in numbers and people headed away from you are just driving like they don’t have a care in the world.


Sometimes you’re the mouse….sometimes you’re Scar I guess.



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