Obviously, the goal is to NOT hit driveway markers. But bad things do happen to good driveway markers once in a while. Today, I accidentally killed one in a desperate attempt to not get stuck in some greasy, wet, and heavy snow. "Bummer, but oh well", or so I thought.
Fast forward to a little while later when I was plowing into the same spot, completely forgetting about the driveway marker, which was now buried. In some stroke of fate, the fallen orange fiberglass post somehow got sprung between my plow blade and something else, probably the ground. When I picked up the plow blade to back away, it dislodged and became a missile, shooting just past my head and missing me by inches or less. I only knew about it because I heard that distinctive whiz you hear when something just misses your squash, and I heard it over the sound of the tractor, which was revved up pretty good at that point.
Instinctively, I turned and caught its landing about 35 feet behind me, disappearing into a snow bank. As you can figure, that thing would have put me in the hospital or worse if it had been just a few degrees to its left. And not to mention, getting taken out by something ORANGE would just be unjust!
Of course this is a freak occurrence, but hopefully it is at least an example for folks new to the tractor world of the crazy little situations that can arise out of nowhere just when you least expect them.