I’m no fan of winter, but there’s nothing quite like a good old fashioned snowstorm. The blustery wind, the drifts of snow, the weather forecaster’s announcements about “the storm of the century”…it always gets me excited!
While snowstorms can be fun, however, they can also be dangerous, especially when you’re caught unprepared, or on the road. For instance, the snowstorm that hit the Midwest last month (November 2010) caused over 400 traffic accidents in Minnesota and 2 deaths in Wisconsin. Many people who were caught in Washington, D.C.’s “storm of the century” last winter were stranded on the highway for 30 hours or more before they were dug out. In fact, Popular Mechanics reports that 70% of winter storm fatalities occur in automobiles.