There are lots of problems that we need to concern ourselves with at this particular moment in time. Whether it be Chinese hacking attacks, Mexican drug cartels, or any of the thousands of ongoing worldwide issues occurring – there are obviously many things that need your immediate attention and help.
However, we had to directly deal with one of these issues yesterday first-hand that I feel needs to be brought to the top of every single person’s mind. Some have even taken to calling it the ‘silent danger’ and by all experiences, it certainly lives up to that billing. It can happen anywhere…. and it can happen everywhere.
Ladies and gentlemen, yesterday we, in fact, had PONDING.
For those fortunate souls out there that do not know what this silent danger really is, let me explain. The weather folks here in Washington, DC have ramped up there driving advice to a level not previously seen in these parts. Now not only do they warn us of approaching storms, encroaching cold, and reproaching warmth, they have also developed actual terms for ‘real’ driving conditions that we may face. Ponding is now right up there at the same threat level to these people as the dreaded and as yet unnamed ‘Falling Leaves’ marvel that occurs every October/November and apparently causes horrible traffic problems.
So what is ponding? Here is a picture of an actual ponding incident that was taken with an actual camera:
And another shot so you can get a true idea of the danger:
According to the always truthful Wikipedia – Ponding is the (typically) unwanted pooling of water, typically on a flat roof or roadway.
You can see the threat that this poses and how everyone must drive like an idiot because of it. This amazing phenomenon occurs normally on the day after a rainstorm, and is most likely to appear to manifest itself in a small hole or indentation in the road. This is where the water will tend to gather into a mass – which can obviously cause MAJOR damage to your vehicle according to the weathermen. They have coined the term ‘PONDING’ for this phenomenon.
So the best way to avoid this global issue? As best as I can determine, you can either try to drive around it without your car touching it, or you can just drive through it like a normal person. Either way, you should be fine and there should be no actual impact to anything at all. Try it the next time and see. Go Ponding.
And what should happen if you do this and there IS some sort of emergency? Tune in next week and I’ll explain that to you.