As the Lake Effect snow fell steadily during a work shift this week, my boss and I talked about our winter driving habits around Syracuse, N.Y.
There were no customers at the front end registers at the moment.
I told her how I had taken the New York State Thruway entrance nearby the Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood to Route 57, and how it was clear sailing until the Wegmans supermarket. And then I hit a curtain of snow and slippery roads the rest of the way, all the way to the store.
She was surprised I had taken the highway at all.
Too much of a chance to encounter spun-out, Jack-knifed tractor-trailers, she said.
I countered that I wouldn’t have jumped on the big highway for that five-mile stretch if it had been snowing the mile from my house …
And with the roads snow-covered and slick for my 15-mile trip home after closing, I skipped the Thruway and I481 and stuck to the surface roads. I didn’t want to be forced to drive faster than I wanted to push my Chevy Cruze by other traffic, or have my visibility compromised by blowing snow coming across the road from the sides of the unprotected highway.
So naturally I’m curious about your winter driving habits.
Are there any conditions that keep you off the highway? What’s usually safer where you live, the highways or the surface roads? Do you have any shortcuts that you brag about to your friends?