I am from Duluth, Minn., which has some of the most severe winter conditions in the nation. I learned to drive there, and I offer the following suggestions:
If you have a rear-wheel-drive vehicle, carry sandbags or other weights (200 pounds) for better traction.
If you can't keep up with traffic, move to the far right so you don't block cars or trucks that have traction.
Maintain adequate distance from other vehicles to avoid damage if your vehicle or another vehicle skids.
When approaching a hill, wait at the bottom until all cars that are on the incline have made it to the top.
Avoid making lane changes; there is usually built-up snow or ice between lanes that can contribute to a skid. If you do, do it gradually.
If you get stuck, don't abandon your vehicle. Call and wait for assistance.
Thanks for the tips. Worth clipping.
Dear Dr. Gridlock:
Here are some specifics on frequent double- and triple-parking on M Street NW. I commute through there between 11 a.m. and noon.
Double-parked cars and delivery trucks for the area's numerous restaurants and other businesses are mostly concentrated on the north side of M Street, between 18th and 20th streets, and sometimes up to 21st Street. The south side of M between 19th and 20th streets is also often clogged.
I appreciate whatever official interest you can generate in alleviating this chronic problem.