The Fixer: Snowplow jockey says dumb driving was contagious during Friday snowstorm
The best place to observe a whiteout of common sense during a blizzard may be the driver’s seat of a snowplow.
For years, we’ve been getting notes from Joe the Snowplow Jockey about the foolishness of drivers — and even people shovelling laneways — when he’s trying to clear the streets.
Joe’s observations from the latest storm on Friday reveal how many people are terrible drivers in heavy snow and should “park their cars and just stay home.”
And he raised a good question: “If Mayor Ford really wanted to save money, why not (declare) a snow emergency?”
“My shift alone cost the taxpayers over $ 600. Now (multiply) that by hundreds of plows and salt trucks, plus fuel, insurance and other city staff costs. I work for a contractor, so add in their profits.”
He said the city of Hamilton saved money by declaring a snow emergency, which prohibits the parking of vehicles on main streets. This allows plows to work faster and more efficiently.
Joe said the biggest nitwits during Friday’s storm were those in all-wheel-drive vehicles. There were “lots of Jeeps booting along at the speed limit or more,” he said.
“I saw one Jeep planted in the trunk of a car. When are they going to learn that yes, you get good traction (from all-wheel drive), but you can’t stop any faster.”
Many drivers couldn’t make it up steep hills, he said — “even I got stuck myself, a few times, along with trucks and TTC buses” — and failed to see the obvious solution.
“On one big hill, everyone was stuck but nobody tried this little-used trick: do a U-turn, go back down the hill and find an easier route,” he said
Plows and sanders couldn’t do their work on the hill because it was littered with stranded vehicles.
“Why are people with all-season tires even on the road during a storm?”
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