Drivers should be cautious when driving. People with 4 wheel drive vehicles think they can drive faster because they think that all wheel drive vehicles are safer when driving too fast for the conditions. These vehicles give them a false sense of security. They need to slow down and be aware of adverse conditions. This will prevent a lot of accidents. Please be careful out there for the sake of your safety and the safety of others.
Thanks Squirt. You are right about drivers having that false sense of security. What I'd like is for them to stop their tailgating. They think since I have a 4wd that I should also drive unsafely, even in the ice! It's hard for me to slow down enough to pull over so they can speed by. If you are tailgating in the ice, it is less likely anyone will pull over for you because they will have to slow down first and that's a little hard when you know the jerk behind you will brake then hit the back of your car.
I like the people that ignore the chain control signs, You see them every year off the road coming down Buckhorn, or stopping traffic going up the grade, I have never seen a CHP issue a ticket for ignoring the chain controls signs, but I do see them out in the road trying to straightening up the mess with traffic backup a couple hundred yards.
Not only should all drivers be cautious when driving in the snow or ice, these vehicles are less likely to STOP due to the extra weight. AWD and 4X4 only means you do not have to put on chains in a R1 and R2 situation (But you must carry them). It also means when you do get stuck or do something stupid you have two extra tires to dig out. Or your going to pay that big tow bill.
Lets use common sense, The speed limit is 25MPH MAX in Snow and Ice, there are signs posting this, and when driving in these conditions, Leave a safe distance and turn off the Overdrive if you have an automatic transmission and use LOW GEAR. Let the engine do the braking, not your foot. This avoids 80% of the spin-outs. Last and not least, make sure you have the proper tires on your vehicle and that they are not worn out.
I understand why this article made the queue, but, there used to be a price which was paid for stupid. Without consequences, stupid is simply passed along to a new generation. The movie "Idiocracy" points out the logical conclusion of the issue.
People with 4 wheel drive vehicles think they can drive faster because they think that all wheel drive vehicles are safer when driving too fast for the conditions ? It's like we have Carnack the Mind Reader posting here.
Most of the cars I see sliding off the road are not 4x4s but hey, sorry, I don't know what other drivers are thinking. Funny that the signs at Soulsbyville say 4X4 with M&S carry chains and for some strange reason I always thought a big vehicle can handle a collision better than a sardine can with wheels. Thanks for the tidbits of wisdom.
after the storm earlier in the week I had to call the CHP to report that people were stopping in our double lane section of the highway to put their chains on. I had to drive in the meridian to safely pass these yahoos.
The chain control sign was further down the road but they drove past it, not wanting to chain up. It would have been even worse if anyone started to slip and slide as they came around the corner and faced cars stopped in two traffic lanes, putting chains on....we need the toursist's, but it's better to practice chaining up at home before heading up to snow country.
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