“The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background,
is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above average drivers.”
(Dave Barry)

 

Today I drove into Vancouver as the snow was coming down in a winter-wonderland. While coasting down the Furry Creek Hill in the snow , this woman went blazing past me in some small, light, possibly front-wheel-drive vehicle. I was already going around 80 km, but only because Newton was driving and I knew that even tapping my breaks down a snow-covered hill was risky. My first thought was “I wonder how far this woman will make it before losing control?” — something which I was certain was inevitable. Answer: Just before Horseshoe Bay! She was fine, but shaken up.

This was not the first time I watched someone over-drive the conditions, or drive as if they were “invinsible” only to crash later. Years ago while still living in Prince George, the woman I lived with at the time bought herself a Jeep with decent, knobby tires. She loved to drive in the snow but I would often feel the need to remind her not to over-drive the Jeep, or to feel overly confident. Often, when we were both coming home from UNBC at the same time, I would be in my huge, heavy “Monster Truck” of a Bronco with 40″ TSL Boggers, and she would be in her Jeep. Chief Lake Road out to our place on Eena Lake, was often under blizzard conditions and in a complete white-out. I would drive at the speed that I was comfortable at, and felt safe, yet she would often pass me. I have been driving off-road and in dangerous conditions almost all of my 35 year driving history, and with large, heavy and well-equipment 4×4’s. Yet, I could not drive at the speeds she would drive. I kept warning her, “you are over-driving the conditions and if I am not comfortable driving at the speeds you do, with my truck and with my experience, doesn’t this tell you anything?”. Well she ignorned me and I am sure you know the rest of the story. Once again, she was not hurt but flipped the Jeep.

Slow down people, and this also means you guys out there who over-drive the conditions or feel invincible in your shiny new 4×4! If you dont know how your vehicle behaves when it slides, if you don’t know the “feel” of it’s momentum or mass, or how it drifts, then you MUST go out and practice! Everyone MUST know how their vehicle responds, recovers and slides/drifts in poor conditions and when Newton is behind the wheel. You also need to know when NOT to use your brakes and when to stomp on the gas peddle to power-out of a slide. If you think this is silly, or counter-intuitive, then you have just demonstrated how much you need to learn about controlling your vehicle in poor conditions. Go find an empty parking lot and slide, drift, stomp on the brakes and do as many donuts as it takes until your vehicle feels like an extension of your own body. Knowing how to control your vehicle and how it behaves in a slide, CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE as well as the LIVES OF YOUR CHILDREN, and others. Friendly advise from a FIGJAM Personality (not my label).

Winter Driving Tips

(1) Five Simple Strategies For Driving In Snow

(2) Driving in Snow and Ice

(3)Winter Driving – Be Prepared, Be Safe

(4) Winter Driving Techniques

Johnny Stork

A Jolly Mystic Dude and Old Hippie. At 15 I was introduced to spirituality, shamanic practices and non-ordinary states of consciousness through the writing of Carlos Castaneda. Those teachings and practices not only provided psychological tools to help me survive early childhood abuse, trauma and mental illness, but laid the foundation for a life-long curiosity about spirituality, non-ordinary consciousness and psychedelics. Those early experiences with psychedelics and a transformational near-death experience at 24, solidified my interest in psychology and consciousness to where I began to pursue formal studies at 25. I have an academic background in neuropsychology, applied statistics & research, spirituality, consciousness and transpersonal psychology as well as decades of business technology experience. I hope to combine the wisdom of personal experiences with my education and studies into spirituality, consciousness, transpersonal psychology and technology, in the support of others on their journey’s of healing, wellness, spiritual growth and transformation. I am also hoping to engage with and support major research organizations in spreading awareness of and the science behind, psychedelic medicines.

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