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The W - One Question... - Are people where you live complete idiots when they drive in winter weather?
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MUTigermask
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Since: 8.10.03
From: Columbia MO

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Ugh. It's the same thing every year. The first time we get a little snow and ice, people are getting into wrecks and sliding off the road. It's as if they forget how to drive in this stuff over the spring/summer/fall. I left my house today for work and there were people off the road everywhere before I'd even gone a mile. Making it worse was the fact that my gas was on E and both roads leading to gas stations from my house were backed up because people can't drive in winter weather. Are people this stupid where YOU live?
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    Originally posted by MUTigermask
    Ugh. It's the same thing every year. The first time we get a little snow and ice, people are getting into wrecks and sliding off the road. It's as if they forget how to drive in this stuff over the spring/summer/fall. I left my house today for work and there were people off the road everywhere before I'd even gone a mile. Making it worse was the fact that my gas was on E and both roads leading to gas stations from my house were backed up because people can't drive in winter weather. Are people this stupid where YOU live?

Yes- I had a night class a few Tuesdays ago, which was also one of the first real snowfalls of the season, and while I'm close enough to walk to class, many students were complaining about how many wrecks and cars off the road there were when they were coming in that night.
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Since: 22.2.04
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I had an interview in Fairfax, VA a few years ago where I was told by my host for the day that people are so idiotic when it comes to driving in snow that the company often has 'snow days' instead of making their employees deal with it all.

Where I grew up in rural upstate NY it was fine. When I used to drive here in Boston, there were usually a few stupid drivers, but it was ok for the most part.



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Since: 2.1.02
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Read it and weep, fella


I dont know if we get a lot of accidents because of it, but when it rains in Southern California, everyone drives about 10-15 mph slower than usual and all the freeways get backed up. For rain.

And lets not even get started about the BREAKING NEWS: STORM WATCH '08 team coverage on every channel either.



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Since: 8.10.03
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Well, yes. Mostly bull haulers and grain semis who utterly refuse to slow down and pass on snow packed roads at 70 mph wih oncoming traffic.



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Since: 2.1.02
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    Originally posted by samoflange
    I had an interview in Fairfax, VA a few years ago where I was told by my host for the day that people are so idiotic when it comes to driving in snow that the company often has 'snow days' instead of making their employees deal with it all.

    Where I grew up in rural upstate NY it was fine. When I used to drive here in Boston, there were usually a few stupid drivers, but it was ok for the most part.


The problem with the DC area is that there are so many people not from here. There are alot of people here who have never had to deal with snow and when there's just a dusting, people just forget how to drive. They raid the video and grocery stores too. When I managed a video store a few years back, there was a call for MAYBE an inch and a family that moved here from Texas (she had a Texas drivers license on her account) rented 8 movies because they were prepairing to be "snowed in."

Two days later, they came to return the movies but wanted a refund because we didn't get any snow at all. Like it was our fault or something.

I have lived here my whole life (almost 32 years) and about 90% of the time I meet a new person at a party or club, they have just moved to here in the last year. It's harder and harder to find a born and reared local.



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    Originally posted by DJ FrostyFreeze
    I dont know if we get a lot of accidents because of it, but when it rains in Southern California, everyone drives about 10-15 mph slower than usual and all the freeways get backed up. For rain.


Now, you would THINK that since it "rains (t)here all the time" that people in the Northwest would be rain-driving experts, you exactly what he said happens here, too. Then it happens again when the sun comes out. Lather, rinse, repeat.

When it snows, we stay home.



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Since: 2.1.02
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Yes! Living in a state where you can reasonably expect snow 7 months out of the year and snow in May and September isn't that unlikely, you'd think that people might have a clue about driving in the stuff. You'd be wrong, but you couldn't really be faulted for the assumption. My second job involves a commute of slightly over a mile. Last Tuesday, following our third snow of the season, there were 4 cars in the ditch. Today, following a light (2-3 in) snow, I lost track of the number of vehicles in the ditch during my commute to Grand Rapids.

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Since: 18.2.04
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Unfortunately, they drive like idiots here when it's sunny and 80 degrees. I can't imagine how much worse it would be if we ever got wintry precipitation here on a regular basis...



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Since: 28.11.08
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As soon as the first snowflake comes crashing to the ground it becomes bedlam. I don't understand it, it happens every year for several months. It's not brand new, it's cyclical.



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Since: 11.12.01

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In the Northwest, we usually stay home and wait a day for it to melt. Early morning ice is way more scary than snow, because people are more likely to drive like normal (or drive at all) and slide out. Though people who do drive in bad conditions appear to be much more likely to just abandon their car where it gets stuck than in other places. This is why you don't drive when it does snow, because people will literally just abandon their car cross-ways in two lanes of traffic.

In our specific area it is actually not bad to drive in the winter, because pretty much everyone on the road lives here and knows what to expect. People just switch out to their high-clearance vehicle or 4WD and toss a chainsaw in the back.
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People drive like idiots here, regardless of season. I'm not in a big city where it's all rush rush rush (I'm about two hours from Toronto) but you'd never guess it by the way people drive.

THe sanding and salting machines take forever to hit the suburbs, but I have it pretty good: the main storage facility that houses the salt for the year...is across the street from my apartment complex.



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Since: 7.1.02
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I'm always one of those people who ends up spun out or in a ditch, because up until recently, I'd pretty much been in rear-wheel drive car after rear-wheel drive car. Snowy conditions weren't a big problem back when I had my Cavalier, but they were an absolute hellish nightmare in the Toyota Cressida.

Especially the winter where I didn't put winter tires on my car, because it hadn't been snowing really at all (and then one day it DID snow heavy, I called off from work). Of course, then, come Mid-April, the day before everyone has to get their winter tires off, we get ANOTHER huge snowstorm, and that's when I spun out no less than 5 times, had twin snowplows following me at close distance over the bridge, and ended up having to abandon my car in the parking lot of a gas station, and having to pick it up the next day.






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