Monday, December 05, 2005

Traffic: Slippin' and slidin'

Although winter is one of the most beautiful times of the year, the traffic, I must admit is horrendous!

As reported yesterday, we had first snow in Suncheon. So, being that it was so early in the season, none... I mean NONE of the roads had sand or salt on it!

Saw a few wrecks and torn up road dividers coming into work today ~ Ouch!

*For the readers who are not familiar with driving in winter, do note that local municipalities in most snowing countries usually dump a mixture of salt and sand on the roads. Salt + snow produces a salty mix that doesn't freeze up as easily. Hence it all reduces to a mushy pool of water that makes driving easier. Even then, driving in winter is VERY VERY different. Flip a switch ~ drive different!

Have a look at the pictures. What looks like angel dust gracing the road surfaces is really the devil in disguise.

Snow gets compacted into ice as cars drive over them. This turns roads into such slippery surfaces, you simply cannot brake and do simple corners without going less than 30 ~ 40kmph. Worse is when people think that it is only water on the roads, when it really is

Slip Sliding Surfaces of HELL

Gee~ I just wish that they'd start putting salt TODAY. Otherwise I might as well start walking to work tomorrow.


At December 05, 2005 11:27 AM, Anonymous G said...

It's hell driving in the stuff...

I had final exams scheduled for today that were postponed until Thursday because of the roads (down here in Jeju City they are fine, but up on the mountain, where my school is, it's a different story).

At December 05, 2005 2:58 PM, Anonymous smashpOp said...

i want snow !@!`

At December 05, 2005 4:20 PM, Blogger Kurios1978 said...

g: Woo hoo! The word "postponed" always sounds good, when it is coupled with the word "exams". :)

smashpop: We can trade places. You can have all the snow you want. I love my shorts and t-shirts. ;)

At December 05, 2005 6:18 PM, Anonymous louyau-mike said...

The local council should have ensure the road was sprinkled with salts and sand when forecasted snowing season. It would be a real danger to drive in a condition like that! Oh my gosh ... here in London, local municipalities have had the road already on standby with the sand when it was forecasted only "frosty" ... few weeks ago.

Meanwhile, please drive safe. My friends. Keep your driving speed down at 30km/h ... that's the best we can possibly do man.

Winter is not as nice as it seems albeit allt the fantasies made by our Malaysian friends. Media is deceiving sometimes. LOL!

At December 07, 2005 3:08 AM, Blogger gnightgirl said...

Dude! What I want to know is, are you driving on icy roads, one hand on the wheel, and watching the traffic through the viewfinder of the camera you're holding with the other hand?!

(Yeesh, I'm a backseat driver even when I'm blogging!)

At December 07, 2005 7:57 AM, Blogger Kurios1978 said...

Louyau: Its definitely over-rated. Cold!

gnightgirl: well, I was driving 10 - 20kmph anyway, so I got bored... :)


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