Friday, December 20, 2002

Alaska Driving Tips

Slow. Drive slowly in the snow. When you approach intersections, slow down almost to a stop when you get about 50 yards from the light, and then inch forward. They don't use salt to melt the ice (it would be an exercise in futility). The exhaust fumes from the vehicles turn all of the intersections into skating rinks. Only once in a while will they scatter cinders around to assist in traction.

Watch out for moose. Really. This includes when leaving the house to go warm up the car, while you are driving, and before you leave the car. It doesn't matter if you are in a city, so are the moose.

4 x 4 is preferred. Really.

Slow. Did I mention slow? Expect the other fellows to slide through the intersection. They frequently do.

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