I figured I had to post this, it's kind of funny that just a few hours before what I'm about to say happened, I posted in the Let it Snow post. Anyway, like the title says, people please, slow down when driving in the snow.
Anyway, I went skiing today for the first time which was OK, not much open but better than not skiing. It was snowing, and on my drive back home we had already received about 3 inches of snow and the roads had not been plowed, sanded or salted. The road I was on was a 2 lane road, not much traffic, fairly straight, not too hilly and the speed limit is 55 mph (about 90 kph for those of you who use the metric system). Anyway, I'm traveling at about 45 mph, 10 under the speed limit. This seems acceptable as the road is snow covered and it is snowing limiting visibility. Keep in mind, I am not crawling. Anyway, out of nowhere, this big black SUV comes barreling up behind me and starts tailgating me. Seriously, in a snowstorm, on slippery roads where I am not crawling, I got this genius tailgating me.
He follows me for a few miles and we drive into a small town. I've had enough of this guy so I pull to the side to let him pass. What is he driving you ask? A brand new Cadillac Escalade, probably cost $60,000. He flies past me and I resume a normal safe speed. A few miles up ahead, there is a curve in the road - you can guess where this is going. Where is this brand new Cadillac? In a ditch. I did the right thing of course and stopped to see if everyone was OK and they were so I left.
This is just a textbook example of people assuming that if they have four wheel drive they are invincible. Four wheel drive may help get you going, but you'll stop and steer only as well as a two wheel drive car. Also, this genius was running his factory all-season tires. If you drive in snow, you need snow tires on all four, not just the drive wheels.
So please, winter is coming, for those of you in snowy areas, please be careful and don't end up like this Cadillac driver. Also, remember this tidbit, putting 4 snow tires on your car will most likely cost less than the deductible on your insurance, please use snow tires, they can save your life and the lives of others.