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Originally published: 2013-10-28 10:51:37
Last modified: 2013-10-28 10:52:22

Our View: Seasonal driving

We hoped it wouldn't come to this: reports of vehicle accidents due to snow and slick driving conditions before we've carved our Halloween pumpkins.

Although the temperatures this weekend, and the forecast for the week ahead, don't portend snow for the majority of elevations in the High Country, Friday morning's wake-up was a reminder for all of us of what's ahead -- in terms of both weather and road conditions.

But forewarned is forearmed, and if we can learn anything from the slick roads we encountered last week -- and the half-dozen or so documented accidents, roll-overs and delays those conditions contributed to -- it's the knowledge that we're not as prepared as we might be for black ice and winter driving.

Much of that lack of preparation stems from not allotting enough time to arrive at our scheduled destinations when cold and wet road conditions come upon us unexpectedly. As a rule, it takes longer to get from Point A to Point B in January than it does in September.

That's a rule we'll likely live by in a month or two, but for today, it's important to temper our more seasonal outlook with the remembrance that we've already shaken hands once with winter driving conditions.