Friday, January 19, 2007

Icy street

We recently had icy rain in southern Ontario, and I'm very glad I didn't experience anything like this:



When I was in Spokane in winter a number of years ago, I remember wondering about the strange sounds that the car tires made. From what I remember, tires had to have chains put on them during the winter-time. Sounds like a great idea.

7 comments:

Kathleen said...

O.MY.GOD. That was terriyfing!! It had me on the edge of my seat...! I can't imagine how scary and out of control it would feel to be in one of those cars! And how did the firetrucks "rush" to the rescue???

Sean O'Hagan said...

It's so eerie. Everything's so peaceful, except for the occasional "Smash!" or "Heads up!"

Inside the cars though, I'm sure the drivers are cursing, yelling, and generally scared out of their wits.

Kathleen said...

P.S. Where did that happen? And when?

Sean O'Hagan said...

Portland, Oregon a few days ago I believe. If you click on the video itself, its YouTube page will open with more details.

Michael and Julie said...

well, you've just given me one more reason why not to drive ...YIKES!!!!!

at least when there is BAD weather !!

celticchiq said...

Chains are a good idea but in some states they're illegal. Maryland is one such state.

Sean O'Hagan said...

That's interesting celticchiq. Plus, I just read that in some areas it's illegal not to have them installed when there's snow on the road.

In some places, there are actually checkpoints where the police stop cars to ensure that they have chains.