Here in Montana, winter weather is just a part of life.

There is a pretty good chance that we could receive snow in 9 out of the 12 months, and while many folks have driven on snow and ice-covered roads hundreds of times, others might not be so familiar with it.

Of course, that brings me to my point.

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Yesterday, on my way home from work I was waiting at a stoplight when the person behind me became very impatient and started to honk because I wasn't turning right on red. The truth is, the road conditions were bad and people were moving pretty slowly with cars sliding a bit, so I didn't want to risk it.


Once the light turned green, I turned, and the dude in the jacked-up truck with the massive tires that was honking flew by me at a pretty high rate of speed, but not before he looked at me and said something that I can't write here.

He then proceeded to drive down the road weaving in and out of traffic.

Listen, I don't know this guy and maybe he had someplace really important to be, but it got me thinking a bit.  People need to chill out when it comes to driving in winter weather. I understand that we all think that our time is super valuable and I'm also aware that we might be at an all-time low when it comes to patience, but what are 5 extra minutes if it means folks arrive safely?


If you've lived in Montana anytime at all, you know that when the roads are slick and covered in snow and ice, it doesn't matter how big your truck is, how wide the tires are, or how great of a driver you are, stuff happens.

So let's all take a deep breath, slow down, be patient and get where we need to be.

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