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(Omaha World Herald)   "It was so scary. I started crying." This woman is talking about: A) Getting robbed at gunpoint; B) Skydiving; C) Driving in snow   (omaha.com) divider line 142
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2013-03-12 08:45:14 PM
I hate driving in snow

/ snows Sept-June here
//sigh
 
2013-03-12 08:46:27 PM
I would have guessed it was some Farker who saw a firearm in person for the first time.
 
2013-03-12 08:46:55 PM
Living in the Omaha area, it never ceases to amaze me that people apparently don't have some kind of internal compass that allows them to have the thought, "Gee, it looks pretty bad out. Maybe I can hold off on making that run to the grocery store."

And, for those not familiar with these types of storms, the wind really ups the ante. Sure, there were slick spots (when it's still on the road, it's all slick, just to varying degrees), but the blowing snow is bad for both visibility and having your vehicle pushed around by the gusts.

It also seems like most drivers are at one extreme or another. I prefer to attempt to be cautious but not stupid, but there are those who crawl along at five miles per hour, and when you look over, there usually the ones you'd look at and silently pray that Gertie's cataracts are minor. Then, there are the "four wheel drive gives me the ability to approach the bad weather as if it were a race" types. I have to admit that I get a sense of schadenfreude when I see them in ditches.
 
2013-03-12 08:47:05 PM
I drive in snow all the time, and yes there are still a few major storms that are harrowing.  This last winter had one of the worst blizzards I've driven in - the actual road wasn't too terrible, I mean it was slippery but nothing too unexpected - but with how hard the snow was coming down and how much blowing there was, I honestly couldn't tell where the road was for much of the trip; all I could see was white on white and the snow quickly obscured any tracks the previous vehicles had left.  I only knew I was still on the road because I hadn't gotten stuck in a snow bank.
 
2013-03-12 08:47:16 PM

fireclown: A few years back I drove some friends to vermont for a ski trip. We showed up during a four day, three foot dump of snow. For the last two hours getting to Stratton, i had thw pedal pegged to the floor, wheels spinning like mad and going about twenty five. Greatest weekend of skiing I'v ever had, but it took a full day for my teeth to unclench.


That was a fun one. I stayed at work for two days because I couldn't get up my driveway. Had to wait for the town to finally plow my street so my plow guy could clear the driveway for us.
 
2013-03-12 08:47:27 PM

Glitchwerks: [cdn.epicski.com image 720x480]

Man up, weepy lady.


Yeeeeeeeesssssssss.

/WRX FTW
 
2013-03-12 08:47:37 PM

YouPeopleAreCrazy: ravenlore: If it is seriously so bad it's making you cry...pull off.

This.
I grew up in upstate NY...many feet of snow over the winter. I've driven everything from a Fiat sports car to a 2WD pickup through major blizzards.

If you can't handle it, stay off the road. You are a hazard to yourself and everyone else. Nothing is that important.


You northerners don't know what hazardous driving is. Snow is easy. You should drive in one of our ice storms. Trust me, you will wish for snow every time.
 
2013-03-12 08:48:38 PM
Nick Nostril:  I would have guessed it was some Farker who saw a firearm in person for the first time.


This is 'Mericuh.  There are Americans who haven't seen firearms before?
 
2013-03-12 08:49:48 PM

SirEattonHogg: Nick Nostril:  I would have guessed it was some Farker who saw a firearm in person for the first time.


This is 'Mericuh.  There are Americans who haven't seen firearms before?


I've seen firearms in person, but I've never held one.

\not kidding
 
2013-03-12 08:49:53 PM
driving home tonight could be full of more chuckles even. that north wind has been blowing powdery snow all over the roads all day in that thin sheet of slush that freezes into beautiful black ice. if there's not much of it its fun to go sliding....misjudge how much is on the road though and hey presto there's the ditch
 
2013-03-12 08:50:27 PM

YouPeopleAreCrazy: Words to live by:
4WheelDrive does not mean 4WheelStop.


And don't project your lack of driving skill onto others. Just because you're taxing your skills while driving 10 under doesn't mean everyone else is.
 
2013-03-12 08:51:03 PM

lordargent: Skydiving isn't scary, it's calming, especially once the chute is deployed.

Just up in the air, floating around without a care in the world.


This with a side of this.  Freefall calms my mind and makes me smile.  It's the assholes in SUVs who scare me.
 
2013-03-12 08:51:27 PM

neilbradley: If you get to the point of crying, you shouldn't be on the road. Period.


... during any weather conditions.
 
2013-03-12 08:52:10 PM
Yea. Right. I'll remember how not scary it is the next time some jackwagon is coming at me sideways in his Accord because he doesn't know what the hell he's doing...

/ had to drive off the edge of the road into somebody's yard
// he went nose-first in a ditch and I kept going
 
2013-03-12 08:52:16 PM

ZeroCorpse: FizixJunkee: Is this the thread where [male] farkers proclaim their superior driving abilities, denigrate female drivers, and make fun of 4 wheel drive vehicles stuck in ditches?

No way. The women up here in the north would laugh at the chickenshiat male drivers down south who freak out and spin themselves into ditches at the first sign of snow or ice.

But wait, yeah, it IS fun to make fun of 4WD vehicles stuck in ditches, because up here we know that most of `em end up that way because they were being assholes on the road, putting all their faith in their awesome SUV or pickup, thinking that it made it okay for them to whip past other drivers at 20 mph over the speed limit when everyone else is driving a sensible 15-20 mph under it.

So no to the making fun of women. Yes to the making fun of southerners who freak out in snow and 4WD owners who don't have any common sense.


I'm kind of curious if this woman actually thought to put the vehicle in 4WD. Many 4WD vehicles stay in 2WD unless they actively put it in 4WD. Someone from down south or someone who's never had one before may not know that.

/Only been in a ditch once from snow, and that time was because the snowstorm I was trying to beat home won the race and it was the slippery shiat.
 
2013-03-12 08:52:19 PM
media.caranddriver.com

Stop crying.  Start laughing.
 
2013-03-12 08:53:04 PM
I grew up in Michigan, never had a an accident, always drove in snow blah blah blah.  I even have an Audi with Quattro and put winter rubber on come November but nothing could prepare me from chaining up and driving in the Cascades in the heavy snow.  I had a few situations where I almost shiat myself heading up Mt. Hood in the winter.  Inclines and slippery roads are a nightmare.  To those of you who live in the mountains year round, I salute you.  When (albeit very rarely) it snows in the valley I stay the fark home.  People around here have no idea, seeing as how it happens once every few years.  Also, Asians.
 
2013-03-12 08:54:47 PM
ZeroCorpse:

Drive slow, be careful, and don't try to pass anyone.

This. I tried to do this and slid into a ditch on the interstate, at night.  Luckily someone saw me and called 911 or I would have died from the cold.
 
2013-03-12 08:57:09 PM

SnakeLee: In San Diego, if it even looks like it might rain, all bets are off on the freeway.  This is doubly confusing because nobody farking grew up here and I see more Red Sox and Yankees hats than Padres and Chargers gear combined.  If it snowed here I can't imagine the horror.


I just moved to San Diego.  Driving past a car upside down on the road during a rain storm is truly perplexing to me.  In all my years in Minnesota - I've never see someone who can accomplish that.  But here - if a drop of water falls - people's understanding of friction, gravity, and common sense disappear.
 
2013-03-12 08:57:44 PM
Wow. Living in omaha here, drove Sunday, wasnt that bad. Saw worse in the U.P.
 
2013-03-12 08:57:49 PM
I grew up in the Sierras. I didn't realize until recently that people in the midwest didn't use chains. Heavy snow, narrow mountain roads, cliff on one side, strange wind conditions... Driving up there is one of the many reasons I moved to the coast. I'll be riding my bike home now.
 
2013-03-12 08:59:35 PM
FTFA: The Andersons were in Kearney visiting daughter Kelsey, a junior at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. They started the 200-mile drive home late Sunday morning but turned back after a few hours when they had progressed only about 60 miles.
"It was so scary,'' Karyn said. "I started crying.''
The Andersons were in a four-wheel-drive pickup and creeping along at only 15 mph, yet still slipping and sliding. Blowing snow limited visibility.
They turned around at the Giltner exit and returned to the Kearney Holiday Inn Express, where they had just checked out.


So, let me see if I have this straight.  They left Kearney and made it 60 miles when the storm got to be too much.  So they drove 60 miles back through that same storm to find a room for the night.

[consults Google Maps]

Giltner looks like a post office, a general store and little else; but Grand Island seems to be a fair-sized city.  [consults Wikipedia] Population 48,520.  Was there no lodging in Grand Island?
 
2013-03-12 08:59:40 PM

Bathia_Mapes: I don't know about you, submitter, but if I was driving a 4-WD vehicle and was still slipping & sliding around I'd be scared


4WD isn't farkin' magic. It's 4WD. If you have the wrong tires, the road's unploughed, you're a bad driver, or any number of important considerations were had, you'd be slippin' and slidin' too.

But if you're so upset about it you're gonna cry you're the most dangerous part of the equation. You can flip a farkin' Abrams tank on a flat, closed track with no obstacles if you go totally hysterical. If you're in the pilot's seat, you gotta hold your shiat together. Cry later.
 
2013-03-12 09:02:34 PM
It was pretty sketchy....is why I stayed home. I know others who didn't.
 
2013-03-12 09:03:29 PM

FizixJunkee: Is this the thread where [male] farkers proclaim their superior driving abilities, denigrate female drivers, and make fun of 4 wheel drive vehicles stuck in ditches?


It's cheating to look before you ask.
 
2013-03-12 09:04:06 PM
4WD just help you go forward. They do nothing for slowing down or lateral acceleration. Also, they have 2 more tires that can lose traction during acceleration.
 
2013-03-12 09:07:48 PM

crotchgrabber: I grew up in the Sierras. I didn't realize until recently that people in the midwest didn't use chains. Heavy snow, narrow mountain roads, cliff on one side, strange wind conditions... Driving up there is one of the many reasons I moved to the coast. I'll be riding my bike home now.


I bought my first set of chains when I moved to Oregon.  Also a yoga mat for my trunk.  Why you ask?  Because my knees looked my skanky ex-gf's by the time I was finished my first shoulder, snowy chainup session.  Thankfully I practiced in my parking garage before heading out, but still took longer than it should.
 
2013-03-12 09:08:13 PM

Raoul Eaton: FizixJunkee: Is this the thread where [male] farkers proclaim their superior driving abilities, denigrate female drivers, and make fun of 4 wheel drive vehicles stuck in ditches?

It's cheating to look before you ask.


I didn't look beforehand.
 
2013-03-12 09:08:42 PM

Fast Moon: I live in lake-effect country, so I'm getting a kick out of...

Seriously, though, I'm a snow-driving veteran and there have still been times I've needed to change into my brown pants.

CSB:  First day at a new job, I had a 50-mile commute in a horrible blizzard.  There's this spot on the freeway between two municipalities that apparently no one claims responsibility for plowing, so that particular stretch of road is always terrible.  I'm being overtaken by a gasoline tanker going 20mph, when suddenly I see headlights in front of me.  Then tail lights.  Then headlights again.  The car in front of me is spinning in circles and heading right into the path of the gasoline tanker that currently has me boxed in.  I can't stop, the tanker can't stop, and I just have this vision that this is going to end in a giant snowy fireball.

Thankfully the spinning car slid straight through into the median and missed hitting anything, and the tanker and I drove right past.  Still the scariest moment of my life right there, though.


Nice, stuck between a suicide attempt and a death wish.
 
2013-03-12 09:10:27 PM
The last time it snowed here was in 1975.
imageshack.us
 
2013-03-12 09:10:54 PM

Nick Nostril: YouPeopleAreCrazy: Words to live by:
4WheelDrive does not mean 4WheelStop.

And don't project your lack of driving skill onto others. Just because you're taxing your skills while driving 10 under doesn't mean everyone else is.


No, he's right. People in 4WD vehicles frequently don't get that just because they can move a little faster in the snow, it doesn't mean that their stopping distance is better than a 2WD. In fact, it's often worse because they're usually heavier and they  are  going faster.

And 4WD won't do anything for your allegedly-skilled driving ass if you speed into black ice and hit your brakes.
 
2013-03-12 09:20:59 PM

SirEattonHogg: SnakeLee:
In San Diego, if it even looks like it  might rain, all bets are off on the freeway.  This is doubly confusing because nobody farking grew up here and I see more Red Sox and Yankees hats than Padres and Chargers gear combined.  If it snowed here I can't imagine the horror.

Condolences on the Yankee fans.  We get too many of those here too.


Bloomberg needs to round them all up and take them back to Utopia. It would be for their own good really.
 
2013-03-12 09:22:45 PM
www.omaha.com

See the nice thing about driving in the UP is that by January you never really worry about this because the snow banks are so high on the sides of the roads they tend to stop you from going that far.
 
2013-03-12 09:23:43 PM

MisterTweak: I suspect that that driving in snow results from more deaths than the other two combined.


I do not know of any deaths that have resulted in snow-driving experiences.
 
2013-03-12 09:23:54 PM

UP_Islander: Wow. Living in omaha here, drove Sunday, wasnt that bad. Saw worse in the U.P.


Agreed, I went to the gym around 2 or 3, then on a beer run at 6. Didn't have any problems, but saw a few cars in the ditch.
 
2013-03-12 09:32:09 PM
Must have been a slow day at the OWH. People being scared of weather conditions when they had advanced warning and know it is common for the area should learn to grow up a bit.
 
2013-03-12 09:33:18 PM

Glitchwerks: [cdn.epicski.com image 720x480]

Man up, weepy lady.


If everyone had ice tires then it might be OK.  Not everyone is a rich sob though.
 
2013-03-12 09:34:20 PM
awwwwwww, muffin!
 
2013-03-12 09:37:22 PM

dennysgod: [www.omaha.com image 598x358]

See the nice thing about driving in the UP is that by January you never really worry about this because the snow banks are so high on the sides of the roads they tend to stop you from going that far.


I was hoping a yooper would weigh in.  My sil went from being like the lady in the story when she lived near me to someone who hardly slows down for snow then calls us loopers wimps after becoming a yooper herself.  I think it is interesting that the native Indians mark the interstate with sticks before the first snow.  I have been in the UP during Jan. and I recall that was the only markers that could be seen above the snow.
 
2013-03-12 09:37:25 PM
OK I almost cried last time I had to drive in serious snow. I had gone in to work but they ended up sending us home. Couldn't see the road, it was snowing so fast no plows could keep up, so many cars in ditches you had no hope of getting a tow truck (they were all working serious accidents), plus I was mostly worried that if I came to a stop on any incline I would get stuck and have to walk (because I knew my family members and friends were all already basically trapped) and would get hit by a car. I mean, I brought my snow boots because I figured I might have to walk 8 miles home- but I definitely *would* have cried if I did.

YES I AM A BABY. Sometimes I cry during sitcoms.
 
2013-03-12 09:44:13 PM
I AM GOING TO USE THIs THREAD TO SAY THAT FRENCH PEOPLE ARE SCARED OF DRIVING IN THE SNOW. farkING TWO HOUR DRIVE TO PARIS TO CATCH MY FLIGHT TOOK SIX HOURS BECAUSE FRENCH PEOPLE DONT DRIVE FASTER THAN 5 MPH IN THE SNOW
 
2013-03-12 09:46:11 PM
I had to walk 2 and a quarter miles through a blizzard on my birthday 3 years ago so quit your whining lady.
 
2013-03-12 09:53:10 PM

FizixJunkee: SirEattonHogg: Nick Nostril:  I would have guessed it was some Farker who saw a firearm in person for the first time.


This is 'Mericuh.  There are Americans who haven't seen firearms before?

I've seen firearms in person, but I've never held one.

\not kidding


It's like your peener. If you handle it wrong (or, oh so right) without trigger control, it may go off prematurely.
 
2013-03-12 09:55:14 PM
i47.tinypic.com

This was my town a couple of weeks ago. The kicker is that the bus drove off without them.
 
2013-03-12 09:56:14 PM
I remember one time driving to work, road went up along a mountain ridge where the weather would hit against it. My car did a 360, I ended up facing the same way I was heading in the first place, I continued on, took the next exit, turned around, and went home. Called my boss, and said I wouldn't be in that day. Scary as all hell. Now, if the roads are icy, I just stay home. No one is irreplaceable.
 
2013-03-12 09:56:53 PM
Try driving in this....

throbbingsofnoontide.files.wordpress.com

Let the crying games begin!
 
2013-03-12 10:19:16 PM

themasterdebater: Try driving in this....


All I see is a polar bear in a ghost costume eating vanilla ice cream.
 
2013-03-12 10:23:54 PM

Glitchwerks: [cdn.epicski.com image 720x480]

Man up, weepy lady.


Drive like  a Russian.
 
2013-03-12 10:25:03 PM
Driving in snow doesn't scare me at all. Go slow, be careful, have good tires.

People who can't drive in snow, too fast especially, that's what worries me.
 
2013-03-12 10:25:22 PM
i47.tinypic.com
I like conditions like this, I have heard it called "sticky ice".  I normally will drive the speed limit on days like this, but I make sure I am not near anyone and keep in mind that I need a long time to stop.  Done it for years with front wheel drive, rear wheel drive and 4wheel drive, never had trouble on 'sticky ice' days.  Only once tagged another car, but it was the slick ice, was trying to stop for 200 yards and the impact was below 5 mph.  Sticky ice keeps the roads cleared of unnecessary traffic but isn't that bad.
 
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