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(MSNBC)   Proof that southerners can't drive in snow: Eight-hour commute in one inch of snow   (msnbc.msn.com) divider line 457
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2005-01-20 01:34:26 PM
Popcorn, please?
 
2005-01-20 01:36:16 PM
In the 24 years Ive lived here, I have never encountered the traffic situation I saw today, WRAL-TV chief meteorologist Greg Fishel said. He apologized on the air for what the stations embarrassing forecast -- a few flurries.

Here in Michigan, "a few flurries" for one inch of snow would be a hilarious overstatement. Perhaps "a light dusting" would be more accurate.

-hC
 
2005-01-20 01:36:17 PM
RTFA. It was 1 inch of ICE.
 
2005-01-20 01:37:29 PM
Driving on ice is really really difficult, especially when you get as little practice as we Southerners do.
 
2005-01-20 01:37:33 PM
Vermont points and laughs at you.

If we get a flippin' foot of snow, chances are school won't even be delayed.
 
2005-01-20 01:37:43 PM
Submitter can KMA. I was in it and it took me 9 hours! Had nothing to do with driving skills, I grew up driving in snow up north. It had to do with all the roads being sheets of ice and the lack of DOT trucks to salt or sand anything.

Picking on driving skills would say we were driving, we weren't. We were inching along the whole way. I don't think I got my RPM's about 2000(except when spinning on ice) and I never got about 5mph. It was absolutely horrible.
 
2005-01-20 01:38:08 PM
tchamber: RTFA. It was 1 inch of ICE.

That's what I was about to say. Do people not know the difference between snow and ice?
 
2005-01-20 01:39:21 PM
mryoop789
Driving on ice is really really difficult, especially when you get as little practice as we Southerners do.

the trick is to go as fast as you can. that way you get to where you are going quicker, and spend less time actually on the ice.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2005-01-20 01:40:30 PM
Early last winter the Boston area got about a quarter inch of snow which immediately turned to a layer of ice that stopped the roads all morning. My 15 minute commute stretched to almost three hours. If I'd left 15 minutes earlier it would have been a 15 minute commute.
 
2005-01-20 01:41:22 PM
2005-01-20 01:39:21 PM MorningBreath
the trick is to go as fast as you can. that way you get to where you are going quicker, and spend less time actually on the ice.


Wow, thanks!
*takes notes*
 
2005-01-20 01:41:31 PM
Oh, and driving on ice really sucks. I can totally sympathize.
 
2005-01-20 01:42:59 PM
Wow, you southerners are quick with the excuses. Seriously, just admit you suck and move on with your lives. The numbers are in, you haven't got the goods.

/drove from NY to MA in a blizzard

//twice
 
2005-01-20 01:43:19 PM
mryoop789:
Driving on ice is really really difficult, especially when you get as little practice as we Southerners do.

Yeah. What she said.
 
2005-01-20 01:43:24 PM
2005-01-20 01:41:31 PM ThereAreFourLights
Oh, and driving on ice really sucks. I can totally sympathize.


Yeah, that's most of what we get here - freezing rain. It just cripples the region for a day or two until things warm back up.
 
2005-01-20 01:45:08 PM
ThereAreFourLights:

If we get a flippin' foot of snow, chances are school won't even be delayed.

Snow is easy. Ice is something altogether different.
 
2005-01-20 01:45:29 PM
It's already clear here, was by noon. The ice has melted, but they're calling for 'up to' 2 inches of snow tonight. Keep in mind, yesterday's forecast was for flurries with no accumulation. HA!
 
2005-01-20 01:46:00 PM
ECIF
I won't deny that some people make excuses. And there's no excuse for the people who think that 4 wheel drive will stop them from sliding on ice. They're the ones that end up in the ditch, often taking someone with them.

Driving on snow is much easier than ice, but either way, people around here don't seem to understand that you simply go slow and take the flattest route. It gets pretty crazy. A couple of years ago we had about 9" of snow (a ton by our standards), and it was total chaos for a few hours.
 
2005-01-20 01:46:09 PM
mryoop789:

Driving on ice is really really difficult, especially when you get as little practice as we Southerners do.

And we have no snow/ice removal equipment down here.
 
2005-01-20 01:47:56 PM
"A surprise 1-inch snow that turned to ice"

People are much worse drivers when road conditions are bad. Further poor drivers come out in unexpected conditions.
 
2005-01-20 01:52:20 PM
Up until this year, I would always take the interstate home and it would take FOREVER. This past winter I started taking the back roads home and it maybe adds another 15 minutes to my usual commute. Fortunately, most of the back roads, eventhough they go thru various towns, are state roads, and they usually have a better handle on keeping the roads clean than the towns do.

mubah5sistah When my sister first moved to GA, she lived in Lawrenceville. One morning during snow, she was on Rt. 316 (I think) and saw two men standing in the back of a slow-moving pick-up truck shoveling salt/sand onto the road. After my sister got done laughing (she used to live in New England), she realized that she may be in deep doo doo if this is how they take care of the roads.
 
2005-01-20 01:58:56 PM
Last night here in Richmond was horrible.

I was delivering pizza for Papa John's, and I was not enjoying myself.

The roads were kinda bad. Packed snow with ice patches. However, they weren't anything you couldn't drive on, so long as you kept your speed down and braked early.

The problem was with the people. If you had watched the other drivers, you wouldn't have thought there was any snow and ice on the road at all. Everyone was in their SUVs, just hauling ass down the road. I can't count the number wrecks I saw.

Oh, and people were riding my ass like crazy because I dared to go as slow as 25 on a snowy/icy road. One guy was so far up my bumper that I couldn't even see his headlights.

Yeah, the drivers here do suck.
 
2005-01-20 02:08:26 PM
SchlingFo: Everyone was in their SUVs, just hauling ass down the road

I've seen that a million times. For some odd reason, people think that 4 wheel drive will make a difference on ice. It does not.
 
2005-01-20 02:12:58 PM
Like I tell all the people I work with who came from up north, "If you don't make fun about how we get in the snow, then I won't make fun of the north when they have 3 days in a row of 90 degree heat and call it a Heat Wave"

Its cheaper to shut down stuff in the south when it snows than to spend money on plows and equipment that would get used once every other year.
 
2005-01-20 02:17:06 PM
I've lived in Texas, Virginia/ DC and New York. By far the most panic over snow that melted on impact was in Houston. Hardcore my A$$
 
2005-01-20 02:17:14 PM
gtraz, you make an excellent point.
 
2005-01-20 02:17:43 PM
tchamber: RTFA. It was 1 inch of ICE.

RTFFirstSentence - A surprise 1-inch snow that turned to ice

Snow turns to ice when the authorities rely on TV for weather, and fail to clear it / put down salt (not sand like you jackasses normally do, SALT). Face it - you southerners can't drive on snow, can't even pretend to.

No. Don't give me that crap about how you never get it and it's not worth the cost - how much did yesterday cost? How about the other times that it'll happen this year... and every other farking year?

There was an inch of snow on the ground last night here too... woke up at 6am, roads are clear, walkways are clear, all schools and offices open, and hey look - milk and bread for everybody at the supermarket.

/end rant
 
2005-01-20 02:24:36 PM
Driving on icy roads sucks, but 7 hours to go 9 miles? That's just absurd.
 
2005-01-20 02:25:44 PM
For some odd reason, people think that 4 wheel drive will make a difference on ice. It does not.

??? 4 wheel drive makes a huge difference on snow/ice compared to just having rear-wheel drive.
 
2005-01-20 02:26:08 PM
ThatGuyGreg: Face it - you southerners can't drive on snow, can't even pretend to.


You know I hadn't noticed any Southerners on here saying we could drive in the snow as well as Northerners. Maybe we're not as good at it because we lack the experience of having to deal with it every day in the winter like you. Imagine that, having less experience in something means you can't do it as well. "HAHA Stupid Southerners live in a place where it doesn't snow that often. Let's laugh at them for it."
 
2005-01-20 02:26:10 PM
Yeah, it snowed an inch or so in DC yesterday and it was horrible. Streets weren't plowed all day.

/Bets the parade route was spotless and dry. Asshats.
 
2005-01-20 02:27:52 PM
pheen:

4 wheel drive makes a huge difference on snow/ice compared to just having rear-wheel drive.

Totally - except that most people down there equate 4WD with autopilot, and can't understand why they're in a ditch on the side of the road.
 
2005-01-20 02:30:00 PM
Ice is easy to drive on. Stopping is the hard part.
 
2005-01-20 02:31:38 PM
gtraz: Imagine that, having less experience

You must think that everything north of Maryland becomes a frozen tundra come December 21, mmmm? I got my first car during my second year of college (in VA), and lived in VA/NC from then until recently.

I had no more experience driving in winter weather than you people, even less so since a) the NJ driving age is higher, b) it took me farking forever to get that first car. I *still* was 1000x better off. Do your parents not tell you how to handle it? Surely *they've* been around long enough to know how to do it, yes?
 
2005-01-20 02:34:01 PM
ThatGuyGreg
Totally - except that most people down there equate 4WD with autopilot, and can't understand why they're in a ditch on the side of the road.

They do that up here too. A couple of years ago I was driving in a blizzard, everyone was traveling at about 35 MPH on the highway when a guy in a Blazer flies by going about 60. He didn't get more than 500 feet in front of me when he spun out and hit the ditch. We passed him while he was still spinning out in the ditch. Not a minute later, he passed us again.

/We've gotten about 8" of snow in the past two days. My normal 4 minute drive to work now takes 5.
 
2005-01-20 02:43:59 PM
A few years ago on xmas day it was really icy (Connecticut). I was driving home from a friend's house (around 2 pm) and came upon a few accidents. Yup, they were all SUV's. I putted by them in my Honda and just laughed.
 
2005-01-20 02:44:48 PM
Man... every time we have a major snowstorm up here, they post pictures on the front page of the paper of cars that went off the interstate.

4 out of 5 of them are SUVs.

Hello, hello! YOUR SUV DOESN'T MAKE YOU INVINCIBLE, retard.
 
2005-01-20 02:45:53 PM
ThatGuyGreg: Do your parents not tell you how to handle it?

I live in Alabama and Georgia and we get enough snow that it sticks maybe once a year and even then its melted by 3. What reason do we have to get out on the roads before then? Schools and most companies will have closed. There aren't any plows so more than the yearly inch will shut down things for longer because the roads simply can't be cleared.
 
2005-01-20 02:46:12 PM
damitjim: yesterday's forecast was for flurries with no accumulation. HA!

An inch of snow doesn't register as "accumulation".
 
2005-01-20 02:55:07 PM
gtraz: What reason do we have to get out on the roads before then?

Ask the people that were stuck on that interstate for hours, and get back to me. Work... school... I dunno, life? We're talking about 1" of snow here, not the goddamn endtimes.

GooberMcFly: An inch of snow doesn't register as "accumulation".

If the grass is still sticking up out of the snow, it's still a dusting, by God.
 
2005-01-20 02:57:49 PM
My point was, the forecasters were way wrong. That's why it caught everyone off guard. I would have filled my tank and added some weight to the rear of my truck had I known it would lay.
 
2005-01-20 02:58:59 PM
Dear the South,

There's a reason no one speaks of "the War of Southern Aggression," and that's because you're a LOSER.

Sincerely,

the North

P.S.
Uncle Sam says you're an IceHole for still living in his basement without contributing anything.
 
2005-01-20 03:09:24 PM
 
2005-01-20 03:11:31 PM
haha

When I lived in Houston they sent us home from school when it dropped below freezing. There were 1/4 inch icicles on the road signs and everyone went nuts on seeing them.

In Calgary, I still had my exams at uni with almost a meter of snow. There were icicles going from roofs to the ground on 2-3 storey buildings.

It's all what you're used to.
 
2005-01-20 03:13:54 PM
SchlingFo:

Oh, and people were riding my ass like crazy because I dared to go as slow as 25 on a snowy/icy road. One guy was so far up my bumper that I couldn't even see his headlights.

That's when you gently tap your brakes, not enough to slow down or do anything sudden, but just enough for your brake lights to come on. Then watch in your rear view mirror as hilarity ensues when Tailgating Asshat panics and slides into the ditch. Problem solved.
 
2005-01-20 03:21:18 PM
Yeah, but you northerners start dying off when you get 105 temperature with 85% humidity.
 
2005-01-20 03:35:43 PM
ArbitraryConstant: In Calgary, I still had my exams at uni with almost a meter of snow

That almost a foot of US snow, right?

/obligatory
 
2005-01-20 03:37:45 PM
Umm. almost 3 feet.
 
2005-01-20 04:04:18 PM
Dear South,

If you can at least learn how to vote, we won't hold your poor driving skills against you.

Signed,
The North
 
2005-01-20 04:15:10 PM
I was born in California and moved to Colorado some years ago. One morning early, the cashier at the gas station was moaning to her coworker that every time there's snow, all the Califonia drivers in Colorado freak out and end up spinning all over the place.

I pointed out to her that although it looked like we were having a difficult time navigating the ice in a very flat, empty, ice-covered parking lot, if she could hear inside the car she would hear this:

"WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!"
 
2005-01-20 04:16:08 PM
Everyone's Collective Imaginary Friend: /drove from NY to MA in a blizzard

Drove from NY to OH in a blizzard a copuple of weekends ago. 500 miles of crap. WE literally went from one side of the storm, through it to the other side. Fun times.
 
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