This is an interesting time of year on Chicago’s roads. The icy bond of winter is beginning to melt away, and subtle hints of the approaching spring season are becoming bolder and more frequent. However, before donning a green plaid kilt and heading off to the nearest St. Patrick’s Day festivities, allow me to pass along a gentle reminder…IT’S STILL WINTER!
One of the overlooked benefits of consistently cold weather is that…once the roads, sidewalks, and driveways have been cleared…they tend to remain clear. This briefly changes as more snow (or ice) falls, but for the most part things become pretty predictable. However, as temperatures begin climbing out of their winter hole, we enter a freeze/thaw cycle that throws everything off-balance. Suddenly, the dry roads become rivers and lakes by day and skating rinks by night, making daytime driving a sloppy mess and driving at night adventuresome.
Then there are the potholes. Chicago is as famous for it’s potholes as it is for it’s deep dish pizza and The Magnificent Mile.
After a long winter season of plowing, and the late winter freeze/thaw routine, area roads begin to resemble a moonscape, with craters large and deep enough to cause significant damage to any vehicle, with the possible exception of an Abrams tank. It is thought that The Lost Continent of Atlantis was once located on the southwest side of Lake Michigan, but was consumed by a pothole of tremendous proportions.
Needless to say, these two situations can make driving a limo in Chicago somewhat tricky. Not only are chauffeurs responsible for providing their clients a safe and comfortable ride, they need to do so on road surfaces that can be extremely slick, or pitted like a worn out minefield. Certainly a difficult task for anyone, but consider that a chauffeur with O’Hare-Midway might log two to three hundred miles a day…every day…he is likely to be exposed to ten times (or more) the number of hazardous situations as the average driver in Chicago.
Winter in this part of the country is far from predictable. Drivers come in all shapes, sizes, and skill levels. Driving for a Chicago limousine service is challenging. These are all facts, just like ice and potholes. Our chauffeurs understand the difficulties and strive to provide superior transportation service, even when conditions are fighting against them.
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