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Iseul 02-17-2013 07:57 AM

Snow.. :|
 
I hate it. That's basically all, lol. And my car doesn't like it either.

A nice dry spot on the interstate was NOT dry and my poor little altima decided we were going towards the center ditch about 15 minutes ago. ;;
But, I am NOT going into the ditch ever again (have been pushed into it by a semi before)..so, I scared the ever living h*ll out of the car behind/beside me by just swerving into the other lane almost sideways before I actually got control back .-.

Now..just as a disclaimer..I'm not a bad driver, I just know that I can't get to work going 40 on the interstate when the lane is perfectly safe for the 65 speed limit. Passing lane..obviously not so much.

Anywho..main point, I hate snow because it's dangerous to drive and ride ;;
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usandpets 02-17-2013 08:52 AM

Yup. I'm officially hating winter now. Since the snow we got dumped on with last weekend, about 14", I've gone into the ditch twice. I hit the edge of the snow and was sucked right in. Both times I was only going 20 mph or less!

I usually don't mind winter or the snow, just the cold. But this year, I'm hating it all!
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gunslinger 02-17-2013 10:03 AM

I was involved in a 5 car pile up a few years back due to black ice. The car was totaled, and the first car's driver sued all of us for $525,000. The case was settled in litigation almost 2 years later. One girl was flown out in a helicopter and in a coma for almost a month. Two left in ambulances. I walked away but was in physical therapy for 6 months.

The cost of traveling in bad conditions is far more than you can make working for a day. Had the law suit went the other way, I could have worked for the next many years paying for it. Needless to say, I don't drive on snow or ice anymore.

The biggest difference between a northerner and a southerner....is that.....a southerner knows he can't drive on ice.:lol:

Don't drive in the stuff if you don't have to. If you do, then drive as fast as conditions allow. If that's 40, then go 40.

PaintHorseMares 02-17-2013 02:27 PM

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Originally Posted by gunslinger (Post 1898527)
The biggest difference between a northerner and a southerner....is that.....a southerner knows he can't drive on ice.:lol:

I don't know about that. When we lived in TX (DFW) an ice storm guarenteed a car in the ditch every 100 yards.
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waresbear 02-17-2013 03:51 PM

If I didn't drive on snow & ice, I would be housebound for months. Good winter tires are key, NOT all season tires, useless in snow! And if you do start to slide, foot off the gas, no braking and steer into the direction of the slide, works like a charm. The worst thing I hate about winter driving is it melts during the day, then freezes at night. I live on the top of a mountain, more than once I couldn't make it up in the ice, so I had to hike it the last mile, IN HEELS! Dang hubby was sleeping & didn't hear the phone, he has the 4x4 truck, I drive a car, oh well, good exercise.
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TaMMa89 02-20-2013 02:01 AM

I agree with waresbear, it'd be mean no driving for few months at all also here. And proper winter tires are absolutely the safest choice.

As to braking, I think that it depends a bit also a car. If you've a car with ABS brakes, it gives you a bit more leeway as to it where to brake. If not, then your brakes will lock and that's not good at all. I also agree with taking off the gas, sometimes also using clutch is may needed.

It's also important to fit your speed to weather and condition of the road. Icy road doesn't hold that well as non-icy road. Lowering your speed especially on tight curves is often needed. I slipped on one curve in the last winter, luckily none got hurt.

Tho I understand that in Southern countries without regular winter conditions and gear meant for that, it's may better to stay off from driving if possible if snow comes all of sudden.

Iseul 02-21-2013 12:02 PM

Now I'm not sick of the snow..I'm tired of pennsylvania drivers who slam their brakes on when some flakes start falling ;;

It's completely unnecessary to go from 85 to 50 in .2 seconds because it started snowing on the interstate. ;; Almost got rear ended and all, bleh.

You live in pennsylvania, snow is normal in the winter, why the need to slam your brakes on?
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waresbear 02-21-2013 01:26 PM

'Cause they are crap drivers and should take the bus instead?
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TaMMa89 02-26-2013 03:35 AM

May some of them hadn't had winter tires on?

I've had few of those mornings when I've noticed that there's snow or otherwise slick outside and I've still summer tires on. Forced me to go extremely slow. Or then these drivers aren't just confident enough to drive on snow, or when it's snowing.

Tho this has been during fall, driving without winter tires is illegal over here between 1st of Dec and 28 or 29th of Feb.

Darrin 02-26-2013 11:12 AM

I've developed a rule of thumb that comes from living where we don't get a lot of snow. If my deductible is more than I make in a day, it's better to stay home. I've personally spent enough time playing in the mountains to be a decent snow/ice driver but all to many haven't and they scare the h e double l out of me.


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