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Anyone else battle the roads tonight in your smart?
What a mess!
I was at work today when the storms hit. I am a Federal Govt. contractor, so we got sent out 2 hours early. The roads were already a disaster, so a few of us hung out for a bit and then decided to go to happy hour/dinner at 4 to wait it out. We're about 1/4 mile from Montgomery mall and knew we could get there safely.
At about 8:00, I decided to try to go home. I made it out of the parking lot and onto the main road - and proceeded to start pushing snow with my front airdam. I got caught at a light with a guy in a 350z, and neither of us could go. I couldn't spin enough to get moving, and I couldn't rock myself out of a spot. I ended up having to do the cluster button trick to disable ESP to get moving again. At this point, I watched a Mercedes Sprinter pirouette down a hill that I was going to try to climb... so I got back into the plowed mall parking lot, and tried to go out the other side. There was an oncoming Civic that lost control and hit the Accord in front of me head on at about 10 MPH. At this point, I decided to reverse quickly and get myself back into the garage.
At 10:00, we decided to leave and I tried to head home again. Through the grace of God, clear roads, and intersections with traffic lights out - I managed to make it home and into my garage (passing a bus that is stuck on the road in front of my apartment) The drive was... well, white knuckle at points - and I enjoy driving in snow.
It's a damn mess out there - I have friends that are now going on 6 hours trying to get home and are just sitting on the beltway, going nowhere.