Thursday, January 20, 2011


I'm watching the Weather Channel, and they've shown us several clips of accidents and people stuck in snow. Interestingly, it's SUVs getting stuck and a Jeep sliding and rolling over ... This jibes with what I see on the roads: people in these big old utility vehicles seem to feel that snow and particularly ice have no power over them.

It still does, people.



At 9:05 PM, January 20, 2011 Anonymous Mark had this to say...

That's consistent with what I see around here in NW Georgia and NE Alabama in the infrequent snow. Snow gives all those 4WD-ers the opportunity to use their 4WD, since they never go off pavement. And then they learn the hard way. We drive a Honda CRV, a car-based SUV (or crossover as they call them now), which is excellent in snow, probably better than a typical 4WD pickup or Jeep. But even it is powerless against ice. And braking is a different matter.

At 10:40 AM, January 21, 2011 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

When we moved to the DC area many years ago (have long since left, however) the biggest danger to driving in snow was other drivers, the ones who didn't know how to drive in such conditions and thus made needless mistakes which endangered those who did know how to drive in it.

And every time there'd be even ½" of snow, folks would panic and phone the schools and radio stations to see what was going to be closed (this was in the pre-Internet era), and they'd go to the store the night before to stock up on bread, milk and toilet paper (what, don't they keep a few extra rolls on hand?).

Mark's right, though, that ice is a whole 'nother matter... Best to stay home if reasonably possible (thank goodness for increased telecommuting nowadays).

At 11:05 AM, January 21, 2011 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

Isn't that the danger everywhere, though?

You can't tell me everyone in upstate New York or Minnesota or Alaska knows how to drive in snow. I've seen 'em.

At 4:06 PM, January 21, 2011 Blogger Barry Leiba had this to say...

«You can't tell me everyone in upstate New York [...] knows how to drive in snow.»



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