Last week for the first time this winter season we had an appreciable snowfall on Thursday. We all know the routine, school closures, school bus cancellations, and municipalities to save money perform selective plowing.
You can probably undrestand the selective plowing on the premise that more and more folks are driving around with SUV/CUV/AWD/Pick Ups that plowing should not be an issue.
In addition everyone is going around with an arsenal of technology to improve the winter performance of any vehicles.
While the winter constants remain the same year after year.
Lets look at a few of these:
Obvious that during a sustained snowfall, if municipalities plow once the snow stops they save money while making everyone's driving experience more challenging. Especially when its the snow that packs easily to increase the challenges.
Although most vehicles are full of technology to enable driving in winter conditions, most folks have a limited knowledge of how this technology actually works.
What works best in serious snow conditions is "tall and skinny", what is on most vehicles is "low and wide" you can arrive at your own conclusions. Even with winter tires "low and wide" loses an advantage when roads are not plowed.
We are increasingly reading about self driving vehicles. In the meantime we are not there, and in winter conditions the individual driving is the most important factor. We often seem to forget that the Brain on Board is the most important safety feature.
There are all kinds of snow, the light and fluffy is easy to deal with, the unrelenting fine version which lasts for hours and hampers momentum is more difficult to negotiate. In today's commute realities any snow is totally unproductive.