Nothing brings out the brilliance of the Jim-Only lane (that'd be the right-most lane on a multi-lane freeway, the one which logic, courtesy and the law require us to use except when passing) better than a blizzard and a four-wheel drive vehicle.
Few people use 'my' lane at the best of times.
But if they can't see the lane markings because they're covered by a millimetre of snow?
It might as well have 'Here Be Dragons' painted on it.
So today, supposedly the blizzard of the century (heads better roll at the weather office over this one...) in a four-wheel drive like the Toyota 4Runner which happens to be my Hot Rod du Jour, man, it really WAS the Jim-Only lane.
Record time getting around in the GTA today.
C'mon people. There's a little snow on the road. We're Canadian, fer cryin' out loud.
But no; there were most commuters, crawling along nervously in the various other lanes, a-slippin' and a-slidin', apparently believing they were in mortal danger of crashing and heading to that Big Snow Drift in the Sky.
Sadly, all too many of them did crash, although I know of no Big Snow Drift casualties this time.
I wish I had SuperVision, and could have read what kind of tires these folks had on their vehicles. I'm betting the farm AND the Hornet that 99 percent of them had No-Season tires on.
Those are the ones billed as 'All-Season' but in fact aren't much good in any season.
It's easy to tell those folks in town - they're the ones who've understeered into the curb, doing $900 worth of damage to their front suspension.
"Who needs 'snow' tires?" they say. "It seldom snows in Toronto."
Looked outside today, buddy?
On the 401, you have to deduce the rubber of choice - but it isn't that hard.
I'm also betting there's a near-perfect three-way correlation between No-Season tires, improper (and, need I remind you, illegal) lane discipline, and 'Daytime Running Lights only' during a blizzard, which in most cases do not light up the taillights which are at least if not more important in inclement weather than headlights.
We have massive numbers of drivers on our roads who just don't get it.
Now, anyone reading this blog probably DOES get it.
How do we get through to the rest of them?
It's a question I've been asking - well, for decades.