Last week here on the US east coast temperatures really went down and it got freezing cold. Considering that I drive around 45 miles to get to work, those freezing temperatures are always a concern when it comes to ice formation on the roads. But the whether was pretty dry so, although very cold, it was ok to be driving around. But then last Friday there was a bit of rain and snow and that, combined with the freezing temperatures, turned my commute into a long journey to get home. I saw countless car accidents and I could feel the road a bit slippery. So I had to drive very slowly. Eventually, I got off the highway and was taking the local roads to reach home-sweet-home. When I got to only 2 lights to get into my house, I was slowing down to stop at a red light. There was snow on the street and a car stopped at the light ahead of me. But there was still a long distance separating both of us. So I had plenty of time to stop in those conditions (at least I thought). Then, all of a sudden, the car starts to slide on the road and the brakes simply were not working. It was not the first time this has happened but it is always an awful feeling. Then, seeing that the brakes were not working, I turned the car to the left lane and, fortunately, it did go there, avoiding the car in front of me by a very narrow distance. Then the car stopped. It was then that I noticed that there was a car in front of the car that I just missed which had hit another one in front of him!
There are a lot of things about the WInter I like: skiing, snow, the calmness that it brings, enjoying some warm food at home, etc, etc. But driving when it is snowing and when there is ice on the roads is definitely something I do not look forward to.