Big Storm in Bay Area

Two days ago, January 3rd, my colleage talked to me about a drought in California if rain doesn’t come. We need water! Without water, none of us will live and guess what, we got what we asked for. All in one day. This makes me think, “Be careful what you ask for.” Check out this CNN article. The storm has created is so damaging that even my Comcast cable got knocked out, so no TV, no internet last night. Alright, my problem is completely minor compare to what else happened, though it did make me miss a not-so-stellar Warriors game.

Yesterday in the morning, I drove to work because my laptop was in the office. The driving condition is the worst I experience in this area. I’ve driven across country, from Bay Area to Seattle, from Florida to Michigan. The only thing worse I remember is iced and snow-filled roads in the mid-west.

Many of the highways in California are not in their best conditions, so there were a lot of puddles. I was literally hydroplaning left and right, figuratively, and let’s add gusty wind to that. It’s no wonder there were a lot of accidents, most of them due to hydroplane. For that, I will share my advice base on my driving experience.

When you hydroplane, you must steady the driving wheel. Let me repeat, you must steady the driving wheel. Only then, you steadily (slowly) turn the car back on track. Do not jerk the wheel. Again, do not jerk the wheel. Because any sudden movement to the driving wheel to change direction, your car will easily spin out of control. The key here being steady hands, and this implies that you will need to stay loose. By that, I mean relaxing and having less body tension in order to react steadily. Think martial arts, because that’s what boxers and martial artists have to do in fight.

On the other hand, you can always slow down, especially in my area because the slow lanes are safer without as many puddles. I wonder if they built the roads like that intentionally. Either way, it doesn’t hurt to drive at a snail pace once to stay out of accidents, or certain death.

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