Roberta's Las Vegas Real Estate Blog: Las Vegas Winter Driving

Las Vegas Winter Driving

I lived in the eastern part of the country most of my life so I was used to cold, snow and ice.  I had an ice scraper and a snow brush in the car and snow tires on the car.  I had de-icer for the frozen door locks and salt in the trunk just in case I was stuck somewhere.  I had an extra set of keys so that I could start my car at work and try to defrost it before I left to go home.  Of course, sometimes I had to shovel my way out the back door of my store to get to my car and try not to fall.  Once my car defrosted, the worst part came...driving in the snow and ice!

 

I admit, the fresh fallen snow is one of the prettiest pictures you will ever see.  It is breathtaking to see a blanket of snow covering everything.   But, if you have to go somewhere, then you have to deal with the treacherous roads.  There were a lot of hill and curves where I lived.  I was not one to think that driving in the snow was adventurous or fun.  I was frightened to the point of being a hazard on the road, so I did my best not to have to drive anywhere.

 

Now that I live in Las Vegas,  I don't need snow tires, snow boots (unless I am going to the mountain to take my boys snowboarding), snow shovels, ice scrapers or any other winter item.  Sometimes people ask me if I miss the weather back east, I say NO!  I love having the sunshine almost everyday. It is wonderful not getting my shoes wet in the rain, I think it is great not wearing boots and heavy coats! But, the best think about the winters in Las Vegas is I don't have to drive on snow and ice covered roads!   

 

It's been almost 5 years since we moved to Las Vegas and when I see videos like this, it brings back memories, not good memories!  This reminds me why I moved to the desert.

 

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Comment balloon 6 commentsRoberta LaRocca • November 17 2007 05:57PM

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I loved this post Roberta.  The last time I was in your city it rained.  Very lightly, but it rained.  The taxi driver said something like "It may take longer to get to your destination as the roads are hazardous."  I almost choked with laughter.  Hazardous? He's obviously never driven during an ice storm!  Little did I know though that because you get very little rain that the roads do slick up after them. 
Posted by Kris Wales, Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI (Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center) almost 11 years ago
I was born and raised in Southern California so I never really have to drive in the snow or ice unless I want to go to the Big Bear or Arrowhead. I try to avoid driving in the snow/ice like a plague since on Christmas morning of 2001 my family and I had a bad accident.
Posted by Charles Tharp, Inland Empire, Real Estate & Short Sale Specialist (Prudential California Realty) almost 11 years ago

Oh, Roberta! This is funny! That's what happens here in Texas when they even "hint" at snow!! LOL

I was scared for the people standing around.

Posted by Linda Scanlan (A Fan of AR) almost 11 years ago

Kris: I know what you mean.  I laughed about it when I first got here, now I don't drive in the rain, not because of my driving but everyone else's.  You wouldn't believe how many accidents there are on a rainy day!

Charles:  Sorry to hear about your accident.  Even "experienced" drivers can have a problem in snow and ice, even with 4 wheel drive.  The old saying is true about 4 wheel drive,  "You may have 4 wheel drive, but not 4 wheel stop".

Linda:  We actually had snow last December to the point where the roads were a bit slick and it was a big news item!  Meanwhile, it was melted by 9AM but people talked about it for weeks!

Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management (Simply Vegas Real Estate) almost 11 years ago
Roberta- That is why people move here to sunny Florida too. NO SNOW! I miss it sometimes, but not the driving. IN fact I would not drive in the snow! I was too scared, I think I drove 2 to 3 times in all the years I lived in Utah and Seattle. Katerina
Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) almost 11 years ago
Katerina, I know what you mean.  I avoided driving in the snow whenever I could.  I didn't even like being in a vehicle when someone else was driving.  I would keep my boys in the house and not leave until the roads were clear.  Fortunately, my dad was able to run the family business when I was too scared to drive to work.
Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management (Simply Vegas Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

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