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What’s your worst winter-driving story?

I ran into the back of another car in Scotland during a snowstorm. The anti-lock brakes just went ‘whump, whump, whump.’ But everybody drives really well here. We’re most impressed. We haven’t seen a wreck yet.

A couple years ago, I had a battery crash when I was driving near Garmisch [Partenkirchen]. I had to stay there in the car about 45 minutes waiting for someone to come.

Nothing special. I got stuck once in front of Alpine Bank driving The Gant van. I just pushed myself out.

One just happened last week. There was a blizzard and I was driving in a whiteout on Highway 40. I couldn’t see anything around me other than taillights, and I thought if the person in front of me goes into the ditch, I’m going too. Not more than five seconds later, the guy in front of me swerved and hit the median. Luckily, I didn’t do the same thing.

I was going over Molas [Pass] and Red Mountain Pass from Ouray to Durango in a whiteout, and it was the most unbelievable thing. The car in front of me brakes and starts to spin. I’m in my old Toyota pickup and I hit the same spot and start spinning ” right past the other car. We’re both spinning at the same time, and looking at the other car, the look in their eyes was just one of fear.

I borrowed a friend’s car when I was 19 and was driving on a residential street. I slid through a stop sign with cars on both sides, did a 360, and ended up straight and was still going. I couldn’t believe it. I was lucky, because that could have been a whole heap of trouble.


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