It all started on Dec. 26. While the day might not be one that lives in infamy, it will be likely remembered by residents of New England as the last day they were able to see their driveways until spring.
Weston resident Lyn Milliman recalls without distinct pleasure that day, when her winter began in earnest. "It all started when we got back in early January from our annual Christmas trip to Disney World in our Airstream ." Linda, her husband and two young children, got stuck in their driveway, which was pristinely buried under nearly two feet of snow. Talk about an abrupt end to a vacation.
And in an attempt to dig out the Airstream, their Ford F-150 pickup truck got stuck as well. After several unsuccessful attempts to extricate the vehicles they were ultimately freed by an intrepid team, the fellow who helps them maintain their trees and the gentleman who plows their drive.
But their icy woes didn't end there. "My husband's car got stuck in our driveway. He ended up backing up onto the road and parking at the back entrance to our property. Then he got plowed in and it took us several days to dig it out -- again with the help of our plow guy."
How is Lyn managing to get her kids and herself out of the driveway -- packed with enough ice to make the rink at Rockefeller Center envious -- every day? "This year I had Nokian tires installed on my [Honda] Odyssey and have been amazed by their performance. I wouldn't have been able to go anywhere with the old tires."
But that doesn't mean she's enjoying the winter. She's merely able to plow, if you will, through it. "I grew up in upstate New York but by the time I had my license I hadn't driven in the snow. I went to college in Georgia and then lived in Los Angeles and I've only lived on the East Coast for the last ten years and they've been quite mild years." She's afraid, she says, of having become "one of those 'wussy drivers.'"
Out of necessity, Lyn, like so many of her Fairfield County counterparts, is learning to take cold weather driving in stride. "I have found that with each storm I get a bit more brave and have driven when I might not have at the beginning of winter."
There's been no getting around having to drive during crummy winter weather. It's all a matter of having the right attitude. And the right snow tires.
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