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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 31
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2013-03-12 08:18:46 PM
6 votes:
Snow isn't too difficult to drive in.  Ice on the other hand, scares the crap out of me.  I'll take a foot of snow over a 1/4 inch of ice any day.
2013-03-12 08:11:19 PM
6 votes:
The thing that scares me about snow is the other drivers.  I know how to drive in snow. But some people just have no clue, and I'd rather that they didn't take me out too when they do something stupid.
2013-03-12 08:39:22 PM
5 votes:
CSB:  I drive a snow plow.  Not one of those 1.2 tons trucks with a blade on it.  It's a highway tandem with a nose plow, underbody plow and a wing.  People don't know when to stay the fark off the roads.  I helps one old gentlemen out of the ditch this morning.  I asked him what was so important to risk driving with ice covered highways, before dawn, with over a foot of snow in places.

he replield that he had to go for morning coffee with his friends.

/facepalm

If you cant see the road, stay the fark off it, and let the highway maintenance people do their job.  It makes our job easier and faster,  The life you save may be your own.
2013-03-12 07:41:45 PM
5 votes:
I've never gotten to the point of crying, but my knuckles are whiter than sheets when I'm driving in snow.
2013-03-12 08:17:23 PM
4 votes:
I understand and accept that winter driving skills are a spectrum, and some folks fall on the short end. If it is seriously so bad it's making you cry...pull off.  There is nothing wrong with admitting you're in over your head. Just remove yourself from the situation. Maybe just long enough to take a few breaths, pull yourself together grit your teeth and continue on. Maybe you check into a motel or hang out at a rest stop until the worst passes. But please don't ADD to the threat level by driving in a state of panic.
2013-03-12 08:14:11 PM
3 votes:
FTA: "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.


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. Add on the decreased visibility from the blowing snow, and I'd be very frightened.

We rarely get snow in my neck of the woods, but when I was in my 20s I had to drive home from the LCC campus in blowing snow at night with little to no visibilty. This trip normally took around 20 minutes, but with the slippery road surface (30th Avenue can be one of the most treacherous streets in town under certain weather conditions) plus lack of visibility, it took me over 2 1/2 hours to get home and my hands were gripping the steering wheel so hard that they hurt. I spent the rest of the evening shaking from the frightening experience.

I guess that makes me a failure in your eyes, but I really don't give a sh*t.
2013-03-12 08:32:06 PM
2 votes:

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.


Then you're doing it badly wrong. 4WD is not a panacea, but it can help.
2013-03-12 08:11:40 PM
2 votes:
it was a pretty scary ice, sleet, blowng snow clusterfark so I stayed home, lady. I stayed home and drank beer and looked outside at the fools trying to drive up the hill in front of my house


but i didn't cry
2013-03-12 07:53:41 PM
2 votes:
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.
2013-03-12 07:20:16 PM
2 votes:
I suspect that that driving in snow results from more deaths than the other two combined.
2013-03-13 10:06:46 AM
1 votes:

Krazikarl: The thing that scares me about snow is the other drivers.  I know how to drive in snow. But some people just have no clue, and I'd rather that they didn't take me out too when they do something stupid.


Here's the thing: you don't have to know how to drive in snow. You just have to know how to drive. The reason why more accidents happen is that people think they need to drive differently in snow. Slow drivers cause accidents.

/born and raised in Buffalo NY
2013-03-12 11:09:20 PM
1 votes:

ZeroCorpse: 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.


Every owner's manual for a 4WD should have a page entitled: "On the physics of hockey pucks"
2013-03-12 09:23:43 PM
1 votes:

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 09:22:45 PM
1 votes:
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 08:59:40 PM
1 votes:

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 08:51:27 PM
1 votes:

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


... during any weather conditions.
2013-03-12 08:46:55 PM
1 votes:
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 08:46:27 PM
1 votes:
I would have guessed it was some Farker who saw a firearm in person for the first time.
2013-03-12 08:42:53 PM
1 votes:
I don't care if she is a woman, if she's a Nebraskan she has no excuse.  It's like being a Hawaiian who can't swim.
2013-03-12 08:41:59 PM
1 votes:
I live in Vermont.
Roads are 3' deep ruts of mud right now, due to tanker trucks hauling sap.
Plan your route.
Get good tires.
Plan a secondary route.
Have enough gas.
Plan a tertiary route.
Don't drive where you won't survive.

Driving in snow isn't hard.
Driving on black ice is difficult.

But don't start crying.
That's nature's way of telling you to pull over and let the drivers who know how to drive pass you.
2013-03-12 08:40:35 PM
1 votes:
Thanks to 25 years in Alaska, I would have been doing 90 down the interstate in my MINI.  It's just a little snow.  Shoot, we got 8+ inches of snow last Sunday.  It didn't make the news, and I sure didn't cry...
2013-03-12 08:39:53 PM
1 votes:
Words to live by:
4WheelDrive does not mean 4WheelStop.
2013-03-12 08:38:05 PM
1 votes:

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.
2013-03-12 08:35:26 PM
1 votes:

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.
2013-03-12 08:34:50 PM
1 votes:
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.
2013-03-12 08:33:39 PM
1 votes:
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.
2013-03-12 08:25:17 PM
1 votes:

Omahawg: it was a pretty scary ice, sleet, blowng snow clusterfark so I stayed home, lady. I stayed home and drank beer and looked outside at the fools trying to drive up the hill in front of my house


but i didn't cry


NO you were too busy laughing.
2013-03-12 08:21:52 PM
1 votes:
Yeah, I've been driving in snow like that. I think my blood pressure was about 390/240 when I got home.

I did not, however, cry.
2013-03-12 08:13:59 PM
1 votes:
Well, she IS a woman.  Driving is not exactly first nature to her.
2013-03-12 08:13:19 PM
1 votes:
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.

and OTOH, we have FREEZING WATER FALLING FROM THE SKY!!!
2013-03-12 07:53:55 PM
1 votes:
If it's bad enough, it can damned well be scary.  Crying probably doesn't help, but, yknow.  Girls.
 
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