Why I drive slow on snow and ice covered, slippery roads

I don’t mind letting other cars zip by me on the interstate when the roads are snow-covered, icy, slick and slippery. Here are the reasons I drive slow:

  1. My car, a 2005 Toyota Sienna Minivan, is fully paid for and has been for at least a decade. Life without a car payment is always better than life with a car payment. I plan to keep this vehicle on the road for a lot more miles.
  2. I know that there is no place more dangerous for cops, firefighters and paramedics than the side of the road. I’d much rather have the public safety professionals safely in quarters or in their vehicle than rescuing stranded and injured motorists on the side of the road.
  3. What’s the rush? I am pretty good about planning ahead to allow extra travel time when the roads are bad and I don’t mind being a few minutes late.
  4. I don’t have a car payment!

Slow down, drive cautiously and MOVE OVER when passing a collision scene.

Not my car. Photo by Greg Friese.

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.