Jon Keller's Rules For Winter Driving

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Here it comes, the first snowfall of the season set to hit greater Boston tomorrow, and you know what that means – time for my annual primer on driving in the snow for you newcomers to the region.

Actually, it’s for the lifelong Boston drivers too. We are justifiably infamous for our tendency to panic at the first sign of inclement weather.

Don’t ask me why since we’ve all had plenty of experience, but that’s the way it is.

So, with full-on Bostonian sarcasm, here are my rules for winter driving:

First and foremost, when the first flakes start to fall, your instinct might be to reduce your speed.

No! Are you nuts? Those flakes are going to pile up quickly!

You must step on the gas and hurry to your destination as fast as possible!

OK, let’s say the traffic is tough and speeding through the snow isn’t an option, what then?

I suppose you could simply turn on your defrost and start up your wipers to keep all your windows clear.

But that is not the way of the Boston driver. Our custom is to let the snow quickly pile up, then clear a grapefruit-sized hole just above the steering wheel for us to peer through as we otherwise drive blind through the storm.

Perhaps you blow-ins from other states are thinking, gee, doesn’t driving on snowy roads require special caution, such as leaving extra space between your car and the one ahead of you?

Heck no! If you tailgate, you prevent the snow from piling up between your car and his or hers, thus keeping the road ahead more clear.

Follow my logic?

I could go on, but I’ve gotta run out to the store. You know; before they run out of bread and milk.

You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday at 7:55 a.m. Listen to his previous podcasts on iHeartRadio. 

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