Pocket Ninja: 10 Red Flags That Suggest the Person Driving a 4-Wheel Drive Vehicle Doesn't Actually Know How to Operate One:1) The 4X4 looks more like a mini-van.2) The 4X4 is spotlessly clean.3) The 4X4 is regularly parked in the suburbs.4) The 4X4 has an automatic lift gate or sliding side door.5) The 4X4 has personalized plates that do not appear to reference hunting.6) There are young children in the 4X4.7) There is no dog in the 4X4, or if there is a dog it is a poodle.8) There is a luggage carrier located somewhere on the 4X4, either atop it or on a small platform hooked to the back.9) When operating the 4X4 in normal conditions, the driver goes around speed bumps in parking lots.10) The person refers to his or her 4X4, which is not a pickup, as a "truck."
Three Crooked Squirrels: But around here (SLC), it's anyone with a big vehicle.
realmolo: Well, anyone that owns an SUV is- by definition - a moron or a prick.They're an essentially useless vehicle, and they screw up traffic for everybody else because they are so big./here come the "But firefighters need them!" and "I live on a hill so I need an SUV!" people
genepool lifeboat: UberDave: It's a Trap!: Because every farker with 4 wheel drive thinks it makes them invincible in ANY weather condition. I had some dumb fark in an SUV go barreling by me in horrendously thick fog. I was unaware 4 wheel drive granted you x-ray vision.They also think they can take any terrain. Personally, if I see questionable terrain, I park and walk or turn around.If you don't know that you yield to other 4wd vehicles traveling up (when you are traveling down) and you haven't practiced picking lines, then don't take that road regardless of your vehicle's "power" or rated ability.Example, and it's fairly obvious, but if you can't see the line in something like this:[s14.postimage.org image 604x453]Then go no further.[image.4wheeloffroad.com image 193x145]I do so miss my Wrangler
Sharksfan: In fact, an SUV faces the same risks as any car when turning or braking. In addition, engaging all four wheels doesn't help on wet or slushy roads, and it uses up more gas.Perhaps engaging FWD doesn't help on wet or slushy roads in the DC Metro - but it (along with traction control) sure as hell does help in those conditions in states with "real" winter, such as MN where I grew up (9 miles from Canada) or WI where I currently reside.4WD with slow speeds = win in most negative winter conditions.Once you accumulate any real speed relative to the conditions you're pretty much screwed. The scariest driving experience I ever had was one winter day I stopped for gas on a long (4 hour or so) road trip early in the morning. When I came out of the gas station I noticed it had briefly rained - my windshield was wet.I got back on the freeway and got up to speed just in time to see three cars spin out of control in front of me. That's when I realized the rain had frozen the second it hit the freeway, changing it into a skating rink. It's a REALLY bad feeling to realize you're going 65 or so and have zero traction.Luckily I grew up with this sort of thing and had no curves in the road - I just eased off the gas and coasted until I was down to about 15 mph and then flipped it into 4WD and drove slow until I was out of it. I got passed numerous times by people only to see them in the ditch a mile or two down the road./CSB and all that
vernonFL: People get overconfidentPeople in the DC metro area can't drive for shiate. No, really, people here can't drive, especially in snow.
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