LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - When the snow comes down, more and more people stay home. But one thing is for sure, they have to eat. Travel advisories don't slow down delivery drivers as they brave the road conditions to bring customers food.
Snowy conditions didn't stop business as usual for Niko's Spicy Pickle in Lafayette, which means their delivery drivers hit the road.
"Days like today, people are home, don't want to get out as much," said delivery driver for Niko's Eric Graham. "And, obviously, our delivery business does increase on days like today."
Graham says the road conditions are another thing that he has to prepare for when snow hits the ground.
"Deliveries are so different day to day," said Graham. "You could be going on clean roads, you could be going to somebody's house on side streets that haven't been treated yet."
Graham grew up in the area and says he knows the area well. Which allows him to stay away from potentially dangerous roads. However, with his job, he says sometimes he can't avoid those roads and just tries to take his time.
"Slow and steady is the name of the game," said Graham. "We want to deliver folks their food as quickly as possible, but with these weather conditions you just can't go your normal speed."
Graham says when he goes out on delivery runs in the snow, he's risking both his car and his life. He says that's something the customers are thankful for.
"People do understand," Graham said. "And, as drivers, we do, or at least I do, see an increase in tips."
Graham says he doesn't mind the road conditions and would rather be on the road driving then back at the restaurant.
"I would rather have the business, than people risking their lives to come get a pizza," Graham said.
Graham wants to remind everyone to be patient when ordering food for delivery as drivers are trying to remain safe.
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