Thursday, December 12, 2013 10:45:49 PM
evilminded1 pretty much summed it up. The first couple of snows usually re-teach people how to drive in ice and snow. There's always a few clueless people from warm states and the jerks who think they are invincible in their SUVs that drive too fast and start the chain reaction. Snow on top of ice can surprise anyone.
My dad had snow tires back in the `70s but I don`t know anyone who uses seasonal tires nowadays. In the midwest, we are pretty good about using salt and plows to keep things clear but if it starts while you`re in it you have to adjust. Hate when I can`t see the lanes.
One of my Chem E roommates in college worked for a professor and her project was trying to find a better de-icing chemical that wouldn`t ruin the road as quickly. It`s not a simple proposition.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 8:44:17 PM
@piperfawn: Salt only works at certain temperatures. Lower than that it's utterly useless. And in fast-falling snow? Also useless. Same for sanding. (Like in this video)
You live in a semi-tropical country! It`s -25C outside my window right now, I know cold!
@evilminded1: The same happens here! First snowfall = Huh? What do I do now? *bam!*
@Mr.Ike: YES THEY ARE! Well, they`re MUCH better than All-Seasons, and "Summer Tires" = useless!
You know what else is useless? 4-Wheel Drive! It does NOT help you stop! Only to get going when it`s slippery out.
@ferdyfred: True that! Just slowing down a little bit helps stop a lot faster.