Nov 16, 2022 - News

❄️ This job is snow joke

Alissa maneuvers a snowplow through orange construction barrels

Alissa maneuvers a snowplow through barrels. Photo courtesy of the Columbus Department of Public Service

👋 Alissa here. The old saying goes, "before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes."

  • I recently had an experience sort of like that — except I drove a mile in their snowplow.

Driving the news: Long before the first snowflakes of the season fell, city officials invited journalists to test drive a snowplow obstacle course used to train Snow Warriors.

🤫 Context: Luckily, they didn’t check my driving record, or they may have reconsidered.

Yes, but: I’m happy to report I passed the test — albeit barely — thanks to guidance from my passenger seat coach, Snow Warrior Lacey.

How it works: Drivers carefully maneuver a Ford F-550 while also controlling a plow with a joystick. My years of video game experience didn't help much, unfortunately.

  • For most obstacles, the goal is to earn points by getting just close enough to touch targets, plowing the full width of the hypothetical street.
  • Bump a border barrel and you lose points. Those represent objects like parked vehicles and mailboxes in real life. I caused … some light property damage.

The bottom line: It's a lot harder than it looks.


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