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Old 10-16-2012, 09:16 PM
 
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If people are willing to learn how to drive in the snow in the vehicle they will be driving through the winters that helps everyone else on the road in terms of safety and time. Learning to drive in the vehicle you will be driving to where ever is the most important part since, more recently, most vehicles are equipped with stability control. If people don't know how to drive the vehicle with that added system on, it creates even more problems rather than resolves them.
Sobe, as you & others have said, this is spot on. I'm returning to Denver in 2-wks & although I spent most of my life in very cold, snowy locales, driving through blizzards & on black ice, I now have an SUV & have never driven anything larger than a Cabriolet, Yugo (go ahead, laugh... haha) or Geo. I plan on getting a driving lesson or two in my car to help me feel more confident on the road, in general. Might sound silly to others, but my car feels unfamiliar & wide to me & has a different feel, so I want to be especially prepared for winter weather.

A friend in rural CO got 1-2 lessons for his young daughter, as soon as she got her driving license. It was a bit pricey, but he said it was the best few hundred $ he ever spent so he doesn't worry about his student daughter getting stuck on the road going to/from class late snowy/rainy nights. The instructor was some sort of pro racer in the past. He took them out to an icy parking lot, put them into spins, etc & helped the daughter build up confidence & common sense when in a dodgy situation. He also brought them out once in snowy weather, of course, in an empty lot, but nonetheless, wanted her not to be afraid of any weather condition. As others have said, too, it's often not what the average safe driver does that makes the difference, but what they do when the daft fool beside or in front of them makes some silly high-speed mistake & spins out forcing them to safely miss hitting them or others or maneuver around without causing a domino effect accident.

Not taking chances is good, but sometimes we are caught on the road after bad weather begins & some of us live in areas where snow is the norm. Fear won't help, but preparation will & even though I feel a bit silly needing an SUV driving lesson at my age I'll swallow my pride & do it anyway. Until then, like Bob, a nice Irish coffee indoors might be in order on blizzardy days.

Good thread.
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:57 AM
 
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Get your shingles out. Monarch and Wolf Creek both got a foot!
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