Irina Igumnova

I'll start with my own 'first snowfall' driving story. It began about 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Everyone knows that you're not supposed to be out and about during a Winter Storm Warning. I know this but wasn't able to stay in. I had my mom, who recently had a major surgery, to care for and my kiddos to pick up. There was no way I was not going to be out in it.

Some people, however, feel like it's sledding or 'playtime'...with their vehicles. I'm all for having snowy fun, but using your vehicle, truck or SUV recklessly, just because you have '4 Wheel Drive,' doesn't exactly speak to me that you should have license in inclement weather. What is that they say? 'It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt.'

While I'm thankful no one did, the risk and potential had me wondering otherwise.

I get it. You get it, but some people, quite obviously don't 'get it,' and that is why they tell us to stay inside.

All complaints of reckless, thrill-seekers aside, I was surprised (no, amazed) that I-74 was as clear as it was. Thanks to the ailing budget in Illinois, I was expecting little to no plows, salt or sanity on the interstates yesterday. What I thought would be 'white knuckle' driving the whole way, turned out to be pretty great.

The Illinois DOT deserves a big hug and kiss. Their hard work made my life a bit easier for a few hours. And that, for this mama, means a lot.

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As for the reckless drivers, well, here's a chair you can throat punch yourself with or just sit down and have a time out. You need one before you hurt yourself or someone else.

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