The Day After, Storm Stress Equals Road Problems

Two men push a car on a slick snow road  (Credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA (WBZ-AM) --  For those of you who spent the blizzard in a peaceful, idyllic way – reading great literature beside the fire, or showshoeing in a winter wonderland – good for you.

For the rest of us, yesterday was at best one part natural beauty, nine parts stress. Even if your power stayed on, it was yet another day of unwanted chores and unwelcome disruption.

I bet even the schoolkids will regret yesterday, once they experience the joy of late-June classes with no air conditioning.

And let’s be honest with ourselves – sometimes the extra stress of a big snowfall gets vented as bad behavior on the roads in its immediate aftermath.

Make that all of the time.

Traffic in congested areas is going to be a mess today. Turning from one street to another will be complicated by snowpiles. And some two-way streets may be narrowed to one way at times.

These hassles can be eased if everyone shows a little courtesy.

Under this exotic concept, drivers take turns allowing merging and navigating a one-way. It’s the same concept they taught you as a kid, your turn, then my turn – IF they taught you.

Another perennial post-storm problem – a business block lined with snowbanks where only one access point from the street has been cleared. This thoughtlessness is compounded by folks who park blocking that path, thus inflicting a nightmare on those not up to mountain climbing.

Those are just a few of the pitfalls we can avoid today if we try.

Surely we can all manage that.

Can’t we?

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