If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Atlanta Journal Constitution)   If you are stranded in the snow, don't call 911. Contact Atlanta Police via Facebook or Twitter. #iampinnedundermycar #cantfeelmyextremities #selfie   (ajc.com) divider line 111
    More: Asinine, Facebook, Twitter, Atlanta Police Department, Cherokee County, winter storm, Alpharetta, pay per clicks, snow  
•       •       •

4474 clicks; posted to Main » on 29 Jan 2014 at 12:26 PM (24 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



111 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | » | Last | Show all
 
2014-01-29 12:30:15 PM
Subby: Don't call 911
Article: If you...cannot get through to 911

Nice clickbait.
 
2014-01-29 12:32:12 PM
John Deer was arrested today for aggravated assault on a police officer after repeatedly "poking" the Atlanta PD facebook page...
 
2014-01-29 12:36:20 PM
Now, I know it doesn't snow much down there and all, and not to be cliche, but....is it weird how much of a problem this is for Atlanta?

I mean they got, what, like 5 inches and a little ice? Sure it's going to take you a while to get home, but even down south that doesn't seem like it warrants dozens and dozens of emergency shelters.
 
2014-01-29 12:38:24 PM

jayhawk88: Now, I know it doesn't snow much down there and all, and not to be cliche, but....is it weird how much of a problem this is for Atlanta?

I mean they got, what, like 5 inches and a little ice? Sure it's going to take you a while to get home, but even down south that doesn't seem like it warrants dozens and dozens of emergency shelters.


I just went on a walk and the roads are pretty much ice right now.  Saw a truck spin out.  People just seriously don't know how to drive in this kind of thing.
 
2014-01-29 12:41:17 PM
No they didn't get 5 inches. more like 2. but it turned to ice on the cold road.
 
2014-01-29 12:41:42 PM

Glitchwerks: jayhawk88: Now, I know it doesn't snow much down there and all, and not to be cliche, but....is it weird how much of a problem this is for Atlanta?

I mean they got, what, like 5 inches and a little ice? Sure it's going to take you a while to get home, but even down south that doesn't seem like it warrants dozens and dozens of emergency shelters.

I just went on a walk and the roads are pretty much ice right now.  Saw a truck spin out.  People just seriously don't know how to drive in this kind of thing.


Are they stupid or something?
 
2014-01-29 12:41:55 PM
Helen got 9 inches last night.
 
2014-01-29 12:42:14 PM
Are those anti-lock brakes keeping you from stopping?
 
2014-01-29 12:43:12 PM
That's socialism. Call the private rescue team.
 
2014-01-29 12:43:44 PM
... did they not have a forecast? 

I mean, I get that they don't have salt and sand and plows, but if it's going to be that bad, you can certainly cancel things.
 
2014-01-29 12:44:00 PM
#iampinnedundermycar #cantfeelmyextremities #selfie

That's funny, my brain played it out like a comedy skit.
 
2014-01-29 12:44:49 PM

ChrisDe: Are they stupid or something?


No idea.  It's probably a combination of inexperience, bad/wrong tires, and, yes, possibility stupidity.
 
2014-01-29 12:46:30 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2014-01-29 12:46:49 PM
Going to try to get home before sunset #hypothermia #yolo
 
2014-01-29 12:47:53 PM
Here was neither peace, nor rest, nor a moment's safety. All was confusion and action, and every moment life and limb were in peril. There was imperative need to be constantly alert, for these dogs and men were not town dogs and men. They were savages, all of them, who knew no law but the law of club and fang.

/you like this
 
2014-01-29 12:53:05 PM

DrSansabeltNoShiatSlacks: Helen got 9 inches last night.


An inch at a time....

/bam!
 
2014-01-29 12:54:50 PM
What's funny is a couple of people I know in the Atlanta area are originally from Detroit. They're laughing at an entire city shutting down because of less than 6 inches of snow.
 
2014-01-29 12:59:58 PM

uncleacid: Are those anti-lock brakes keeping you from stopping?


My antilock brakes make all sorts of thudding noises trying to keep the wheels from locking but, since you asked, they don't help for shiat on ice.

Too many of the ignorant don't realize that Atlanta metro doesn't have the snow/ice clearing equipment of northern areas that get this weather evey year.
 
2014-01-29 01:00:15 PM
Headline:  If you are stranded in the snow, don't call 911. Contact Atlanta Police via Facebook or Twitter.

FTA: If you are stranded and cannot get through to 911, please send the Atlanta Police Department a message through Facebook or Twitter.

Nailed it.
 
2014-01-29 01:03:54 PM

DrSansabeltNoShiatSlacks: Helen got 9 inches last night.


So, you were out with the boys then?
 
2014-01-29 01:04:28 PM

Glitchwerks: jayhawk88: Now, I know it doesn't snow much down there and all, and not to be cliche, but....is it weird how much of a problem this is for Atlanta?

I mean they got, what, like 5 inches and a little ice? Sure it's going to take you a while to get home, but even down south that doesn't seem like it warrants dozens and dozens of emergency shelters.

I just went on a walk and the roads are pretty much ice right now.  Saw a truck spin out.  People just seriously don't know how to drive in this kind of thing.


Without studded tires or chains, is there a way to drive on ice?

Had a Yankee friend who was scoffing at me for getting into a slight fender bender during a Dallas ice storm.  Kept saying that it is just because I didn't know how to handle ice.  Of course, I was stationary on an overpass (ice storm hit rather suddenly) and just started sliding sideways.  Not sure if there is some magic way to be stationary that we in the south don't know.

Bottom line-anyone who claims that there is a magic way to drive on ice without salt, sand, or winter tires is full of crap.
 
2014-01-29 01:04:58 PM

Glitchwerks: jayhawk88: Now, I know it doesn't snow much down there and all, and not to be cliche, but....is it weird how much of a problem this is for Atlanta?

I mean they got, what, like 5 inches and a little ice? Sure it's going to take you a while to get home, but even down south that doesn't seem like it warrants dozens and dozens of emergency shelters.

I just went on a walk and the roads are pretty much ice right now.  Saw a truck spin out.  People just seriously don't know how to drive in this kind of thing.


To be honest, I can see it happening.  Around here (north central WI) after the 1st snow, people don't seem to know how to drive.  It takes experience.
 
2014-01-29 01:05:20 PM

DrSansabeltNoShiatSlacks: Helen got 9 inches last night.


9 inch of snow turns to 1 inch when stepped on, it's mostly air.
 
2014-01-29 01:05:26 PM

Dragonflew: Subby: Don't call 911
Article: If you...cannot get through to 911

Nice clickbait.


Needs more upworthy.

"I never thought I'd call 911, but then I saw this amazing fact"

"You won't believe what happened to these people who called 911"

"Think 911 is a joke? You might think again after you read this"
 
2014-01-29 01:06:13 PM
The biggest problem is that everybody tried to get home at once. My daughter and I were about 15 miles from home which would have taken about 40 minutes to drive. Instead, it took 4 and 1/2 hours. All roads in every direction were solid gridlock.

Also, planners didn't build the roads here like they do up north. We have things like curved bridges and curved roads running down hills banked outwards.

And then there are plenty of nit-wits like me who have summer tires. High performance tires are great on dry pavement, good in the rain, but absolutely useless in slush.
 
2014-01-29 01:06:28 PM

KidneyStone: uncleacid: Are those anti-lock brakes keeping you from stopping?

My antilock brakes make all sorts of thudding noises trying to keep the wheels from locking but, since you asked, they don't help for shiat on ice.

Too many of the ignorant don't realize that Atlanta metro doesn't have the snow/ice clearing equipment of northern areas that get this weather evey year.


We got around 3 inches last night with temps in the low teens, 2/3 of NJ didnt even break out the plows, just salt spreaders.  I will agree with you that Atlanta and the likes dont need heavy duty plows, but you're telling me they cant afford to salt the roads when they know weather is coming.  I cant see it costing 10's of millions of dollars for some salt and and fitting city or state trucks with spreaders.  This sounds more like an instance of "we dont want to" over "we cant"
 
2014-01-29 01:07:05 PM

uncleacid: Are those anti-lock brakes keeping you from stopping?


Anti-lock don't really help on ice.
 
2014-01-29 01:07:48 PM
Here's the deal... The weather was below freezing so the snow immediately started accumulating.  The snow on the roads turned into ice on the roads within just 2-3 hours.  The snow wasn't supposed to even start until 2:00 or so.  It started at 11:00 (earlier in some places).  When the snow started, everybody got on the road at the same time.  Schools let the kids out.  People left their jobs.  Everybody hit the road at the exact same time.

In a normal day, people commute home at 3:00 or 4:00 or 5:00 or 6:00 or really anytime any between.  So at any given 'rush hour' about 25-35% of the commuting population are on the roads.  Even then traffic is very bad.  It can take an hour to go 15 miles.  Now, consider 3x-4x that number of people on the roads.  You have gridlock.  And when you add a few inches of ice on top of that you'll have a disaster.

Better/More snow removal equipment wouldn't have helped very much yesterday.  It was really more about the volume of people on the roads than the amount of snowfall.  I have one co-worker that got home after 16 hours.  He lives 30 miles from the office and really should've left sooner.  But he wasn't alone.  There were tons of people abandoning their cars and walking home.  I pulled 7 cars out of ditches last night and/or helped them get home.  It was a disaster with on one to blame.  Some people are trying to say that the school system should've canceled school that day or let kids go much earlier.  But, NO ONE thought it would happen so fast and be so crippling.
 
2014-01-29 01:07:58 PM

jayhawk88: Now, I know it doesn't snow much down there and all, and not to be cliche, but....is it weird how much of a problem this is for Atlanta?

I mean they got, what, like 5 inches and a little ice? Sure it's going to take you a while to get home, but even down south that doesn't seem like it warrants dozens and dozens of emergency shelters.


Was talking to my boss about this. (His wife spent ten hours getting home on what should be a half-hour drive.)

The issue is that they didn't predict more than a dusting, everybody went to work / school and then got sent back all at once causing traffic gridlock, and at the same time they got hit first with sleet and freezing rain to make a sheet of ice, followed by several inches of snow. And they hadn't salted, couldn't get salt trucks out, roads got blocked by spun buses and trucks, tow-trucks couldn't get to them to tow them, etc.

Essentially, a Southern town with little preparedness for rare snow events got caught out by having little preparedness for rare snow events. Whodathunkit.
 
2014-01-29 01:08:42 PM

firemanbuck: DrSansabeltNoShiatSlacks: Helen got 9 inches last night.

An inch at a time....

/bam!


MycroftHolmes: Glitchwerks: jayhawk88: Now, I know it doesn't snow much down there and all, and not to be cliche, but....is it weird how much of a problem this is for Atlanta?

I mean they got, what, like 5 inches and a little ice? Sure it's going to take you a while to get home, but even down south that doesn't seem like it warrants dozens and dozens of emergency shelters.

I just went on a walk and the roads are pretty much ice right now.  Saw a truck spin out.  People just seriously don't know how to drive in this kind of thing.

Without studded tires or chains, is there a way to drive on ice?

Had a Yankee friend who was scoffing at me for getting into a slight fender bender during a Dallas ice storm.  Kept saying that it is just because I didn't know how to handle ice.  Of course, I was stationary on an overpass (ice storm hit rather suddenly) and just started sliding sideways.  Not sure if there is some magic way to be stationary that we in the south don't know.

Bottom line-anyone who claims that there is a magic way to drive on ice without salt, sand, or winter tires is full of crap.


^^ pretty much this ^^
 
2014-01-29 01:09:55 PM
They need to call this instead
 
2014-01-29 01:11:23 PM

Marine1: ... did they not have a forecast? 

I mean, I get that they don't have salt and sand and plows, but if it's going to be that bad, you can certainly cancel things.


The problem is first they canceled nothing, then they canceled everything at the same time, emptying every school and business on to the roads at the same time.

If they had told people to stay at work/school and given the plows and salt spreaders a chance to get around, things would have been a lot better.
 
2014-01-29 01:13:36 PM

MycroftHolmes: Without studded tires or chains, is there a way to drive on ice?


Yes... the obvious: 4 season or winter tires...

Otherwise learning how to control the spin of the wheel and NOT start sliding... once that's going, it's hard to stop it (and the car's movement).

But if you go slowly, control your speed, it's not that bad... just avoid hills.

Also: learn to gain a little bit of speed, release the pedals and just guide the car without gas and braking until you need to stop.. and just go very slowly... locking your wheels are the worse thing that you can do.

4 wheel drive vehicles shouldn't even blink at ice if same skills are applied.

The point is that you want the wheels to be rolling on the ice, not be slidding across it.

So start very slowly to move, and start slowing down a lot earlier.

The worse you can do is spin the tires... you'll end up melting the top layer of the ice and making a nice coating of wet ice which will be 10x more slippy, basically, you'll just have polished the ice to a mirror finish.
 
2014-01-29 01:15:43 PM

MycroftHolmes: Glitchwerks: jayhawk88: Now, I know it doesn't snow much down there and all, and not to be cliche, but....is it weird how much of a problem this is for Atlanta?

I mean they got, what, like 5 inches and a little ice? Sure it's going to take you a while to get home, but even down south that doesn't seem like it warrants dozens and dozens of emergency shelters.

I just went on a walk and the roads are pretty much ice right now.  Saw a truck spin out.  People just seriously don't know how to drive in this kind of thing.

Without studded tires or chains, is there a way to drive on ice?

Had a Yankee friend who was scoffing at me for getting into a slight fender bender during a Dallas ice storm.  Kept saying that it is just because I didn't know how to handle ice.  Of course, I was stationary on an overpass (ice storm hit rather suddenly) and just started sliding sideways.  Not sure if there is some magic way to be stationary that we in the south don't know.

Bottom line-anyone who claims that there is a magic way to drive on ice without salt, sand, or winter tires is full of crap.


There isn't. You can only try to go much slower then normal.

Also, your firend was a putz. I have driven through 1 Ice storm in my life. Took me 2 and a half hours of non stop white knuckle controlling of the car to get 3 miles. AND at one point I just straight up slid sideways from a stop as well. Thankfully the ice stopped right near the guard railing or I would have hit it too.

/that night has scarred me from much winter driving ever since.
 
2014-01-29 01:15:52 PM

MycroftHolmes: Bottom line-anyone who claims that there is a magic way to drive on ice without salt, sand, or winter tires is full of crap.


No, it means that you just don't know how.... what to watch for, what to avoid, etc.
 
2014-01-29 01:17:30 PM

KidneyStone: uncleacid: Are those anti-lock brakes keeping you from stopping?

My antilock brakes make all sorts of thudding noises trying to keep the wheels from locking but, since you asked, they don't help for shiat on ice.

Too many of the ignorant don't realize that Atlanta metro doesn't have the snow/ice clearing equipment of northern areas that get this weather evey year.

bikerbob59: uncleacid: Are those anti-lock brakes keeping you from stopping?

Anti-lock don't really help on ice.


I don't think they work on any surface. When I hit the brakes I want to hear screeching tires. Did I mention I'm old.
 
2014-01-29 01:18:00 PM

imfallen_angel: MycroftHolmes: Bottom line-anyone who claims that there is a magic way to drive on ice without salt, sand, or winter tires is full of crap.

No, it means that you just don't know how.... what to watch for, what to avoid, etc.


Not in his scenario. Sure, you can avoid alot of accidents with certain driving traits. Please tell me how you stop from sliding sideways with your foot mashed on the brakes. Enlighten me.
 
2014-01-29 01:18:09 PM

imfallen_angel:  you'll just have polished the ice to a mirror finish.


Is that a euphemism for something?
 
2014-01-29 01:20:40 PM

Funkyourdaughter: KidneyStone: uncleacid: Are those anti-lock brakes keeping you from stopping?

My antilock brakes make all sorts of thudding noises trying to keep the wheels from locking but, since you asked, they don't help for shiat on ice.

Too many of the ignorant don't realize that Atlanta metro doesn't have the snow/ice clearing equipment of northern areas that get this weather evey year.

We got around 3 inches last night with temps in the low teens, 2/3 of NJ didnt even break out the plows, just salt spreaders.  I will agree with you that Atlanta and the likes dont need heavy duty plows, but you're telling me they cant afford to salt the roads when they know weather is coming.  I cant see it costing 10's of millions of dollars for some salt and and fitting city or state trucks with spreaders.  This sounds more like an instance of "we dont want to" over "we cant"


We have something like 30 trucks for all of Fulton county (Atlanta).  That doesn't include Cobb, DeKalb, Forsyth and the other counties surrounding Atlanta.  The small town I grew up in, in the clearly superior state of New Jersey, had 10.   You think we use snow tires around here?  We need them maybe 3 days a year and that's only every 3 years or more.

I'll count you as one of the ignorant because this isn't a hard concept to grasp.  We don't spend the money on the infrastructure because we rarely need it.
 
2014-01-29 01:20:58 PM

ChrisDe: Are they stupid or something?


Are they in Georgia?
 
2014-01-29 01:21:07 PM

Jim from Saint Paul: There isn't. You can only try to go much slower then normal.

Also, your firend was a putz. I have driven through 1 Ice storm in my life. Took me 2 and a half hours of non stop white knuckle controlling of the car to get 3 miles. AND at one point I just straight up slid sideways from a stop as well. Thankfully the ice stopped right near the guard railing or I would have hit it too.

/that night has scarred me from much winter driving ever since.


And again... if you don't know how, don't do it on a regular basis, it may seem impossible, but it isn't...

As per my other posts, it's about learning a way to drive that would probably be beyond what you've even done.

It's about taking it very slow, controlling the spin of your wheels to a degree that goes beyond anything you've probably learned to do.

Think of going in a marsh and have your wheels a good 6 inch in mud.... it is possible to get out if you know how.

Now there are some circumstances that are very hard to manage, some that you won't be able to avoid regardless, but part of driving on ice, is knowing where to go, what to avoid.
 
2014-01-29 01:21:27 PM

wambu: [i.imgur.com image 706x527]


img.fark.net
 
2014-01-29 01:25:17 PM

Perducci: Dragonflew: Subby: Don't call 911
Article: If you...cannot get through to 911

Nice clickbait.

Needs more upworthy.

"I never thought I'd call 911, but then I saw this amazing fact"

"You won't believe what happened to these people who called 911"

"Think 911 is a joke? You might think again after you read this"


"14 reasons you may not be able to get through to 911"
 
2014-01-29 01:26:27 PM

Jim from Saint Paul: imfallen_angel: MycroftHolmes: Bottom line-anyone who claims that there is a magic way to drive on ice without salt, sand, or winter tires is full of crap.

No, it means that you just don't know how.... what to watch for, what to avoid, etc.

Not in his scenario. Sure, you can avoid alot of accidents with certain driving traits. Please tell me how you stop from sliding sideways with your foot mashed on the brakes. Enlighten me.


a) avoid hills
b) turn your wheels it the correct direction and push the gas enough to give the car a tiny bit of pull.. it's very tricky.

Just that you say "foot mashed  on the brakes" is exactly what tells me that you don't know how to handle a car on ice... not an insult, just as I said, unless you do is a lot (I've been driving for many decades in snow and ice every year).

Some circumstances you will be farked regardless... gravity, mass, angle, you can't fight those, but the point is, you can think ahead to avoid the worse situations, and learn to deal with those you can't.

Learn to get the car to move as you need it to, without touching the pedals until you know that you can to either gain power/speed, or slow it down.
 
2014-01-29 01:28:14 PM
To answer a lot of questions, the snow was predicted to fall 100-150 miles south. The National Weather Service didn't update their forecast until the snow had actually started falling.  So everyone left work and got out on the roads all at once, causing massive traffic jams and packing the snow into polished ice because they could only creep along. It's kind of hard to salt and sand roads that are disguised as parking lots.
 
2014-01-29 01:28:45 PM
Close all the ports.
 
2014-01-29 01:28:46 PM

mcmnky: Marine1: ... did they not have a forecast? 

I mean, I get that they don't have salt and sand and plows, but if it's going to be that bad, you can certainly cancel things.

The problem is first they canceled nothing, then they canceled everything at the same time, emptying every school and business on to the roads at the same time.

If they had told people to stay at work/school and given the plows and salt spreaders a chance to get around, things would have been a lot better.


Exactly.  What people who constantly go "oh, those wacky southerners don't how to deal with snow" don't get is that it's not just the snow.  It's three things:  The melt/refreeze cycle, the geography, and the infrastructure.  To the first, if you live in a place where it's constantly snowy, that's one thing, but when the snow doesn't melt, it won't turn to ice.  In the south, the snow falls at night/early morning, it melts somewhat during the day, and freezes into ice across the roads the instant the sun goes down.  I don't care how often an area gets snow, that doesn't magically give tires better traction on solid ice.

To the second, people who live in Kansas, or anywhere else where hills are some mythical form of land, don't get to criticise.  Driving on flat, straight land is VERY different from driving on a shiatload of incredibly curvy, hilly roads.  That also implicates the third point, that the roads, including bridges, are curvy and badly laid out.  Additionally, a lot of the freeways are elevated overpasses, or have sections that are.  Google "spaghetti junction atlanta" to see one of the major, major, MAJOR chokepoints in Atlanta traffic, and see if you can figure out why it might be a problem in snow and ice.

Additionally, traffic is mindboggling in Atlanta even under ideal conditions.  The rush hours are legendary, even with no accidents and when nothing goes wrong.  Add in erratic or slowed driving, low visibility, and reduced traction to ramp up the wreck level, and it's easy to see how this can happen when you have every single car in the city and metro Atlanta area on the same 5 roads all at the same time, and all going in the same direction.
 
2014-01-29 01:29:01 PM

gweilo8888: jayhawk88: Now, I know it doesn't snow much down there and all, and not to be cliche, but....is it weird how much of a problem this is for Atlanta?

I mean they got, what, like 5 inches and a little ice? Sure it's going to take you a while to get home, but even down south that doesn't seem like it warrants dozens and dozens of emergency shelters.

Was talking to my boss about this. (His wife spent ten hours getting home on what should be a half-hour drive.)

The issue is that they didn't predict more than a dusting, everybody went to work / school and then got sent back all at once causing traffic gridlock, and at the same time they got hit first with sleet and freezing rain to make a sheet of ice, followed by several inches of snow. And they hadn't salted, couldn't get salt trucks out, roads got blocked by spun buses and trucks, tow-trucks couldn't get to them to tow them, etc.

Essentially, a Southern town with little preparedness for rare snow events got caught out by having little preparedness for rare snow events. Whodathunkit.


I think the thing people are forgetting is the timing.  We had a similar storm last year in southern Kansas (dusting predicted but it ended up being several inches with freezing rain beforehand).  The advantage we had was that it happened overnight and early in the morning so by 7:00 the schools had been canceled and the city, state, and county had all declared an emergency and shut down their offices, for the most part.  I was one of the few who went in that day and saw maybe half a dozen cars on the way to work.  I even rear-ended a guy skidding to a stoplight while going about 5 mph and I've got 15+ years of South Dakota/Minnesota driving under my belt (luckily no damage since I was going so slowly).  But if that storm had hit at 11:00 like this one did yesterday, it would have been chaos, even in Kansas, which usually gets one or two good snow storms every year.
 
rpm
2014-01-29 01:29:13 PM

DrSansabeltNoShiatSlacks: Helen got 9 inches last night.

blog.bobbylikesbeer.com
 
2014-01-29 01:29:37 PM
img.fark.net

this isn't 9 inches.  or even one.
 
Displayed 50 of 111 comments

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | » | Last | Show all

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »






Report