Entries in Snow (11)
The other day we had to go for a drive on a snowy Saturday morning. You know the kind of driving with snow on the road, augmented by the melting brine, and all sorts of stuff landing on the windshield.
Its interesting especially when changing lanes with the usual "float" between the lanes and tire tracks.
Here is the deal:
If at one time you would see a good quantity of 4x4 off the road especially in snow conditions. At the time the argument was that most folks had no clue what a 4x4 would do, and were simply overdriving them from the outset.
On a quiet Saturday morning you see folks all over the place on a 60 kilometer stretch that have gotten themselves in situations that seem awkward, and then there is the usual collection of police vehicles, ambulances, and other emergency vehicles.
Then there is the individual with the unloaded dump truck purposely going about 5-6 KPH faster than the flow of traffic in his lane, changing lanes to pass. Just imagine what comes off this truck when its changing lanes. Yes...the real heavy stuff that goes "thump" on the windshield.
Its almost surprising that common sense still permeates the vast majority of drivers. The first rule of common sense is to leave additional space around your vehicle. Folks that understand, snow, salt, brine, slush, tend to leave and keep and increased layer of space around their vehicle.
On surface streets with fresh snow, you can explore the various safety technology on your vehicle. See if you can steer while ABS'ing, see when the stability program will engage when turning. More important discover what you need to do to engage the stability.
Discover how often traction control engages as you accelerate from the various stop signs.
Agreed...you have to wonder about all the salt, brine, slush, splashing all over your vehicle.
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.
Last Friday and last day of the month, its the Vroom Room, make yourself comfortable, enjoy the cappuccino and biscotti, join the conversation.
Have you seen the ads from some of the German manufacturers expounding on the winter abilities of their all wheel drive vehicles. They make it look as if their vehicles can literally overcome winter, and that obviously without one of their vehicles one is at a complete loss.
When these ads came out a few years ago, it was interesting to see them occasionally. Now most Germans have the same ad with different vehicles overcoming winter.
This is a more appropriate reality of winter driving.
It will be interesting to see the sales results for January...what do you think?
Winter...we are experiencing a truly Canadian winter...while quickly forgetting what a "real Canadian winter" is all about...we are getting a reminder this year. Yes the cold is disruptive, while creating opportunities for many folks.
Get used to hearing more of FCA = Fiat Chrysler Automobiles the new name for the company now that its all one...think about how often Chrysler has been disrupted in the past 15 years...fascinating.
On a miserably cold, snowy day, coming up to a pair of red C7 Corvettes (coupe and cab) in a showroom...cool cars but it does not truly resonate on a real Canadian winter day.
Hopefully you had an opportunity to watch segments of the Rolex 24 live, in case you did not, here is an extensive photo gallery of the Rolex 24. A pretty good showing by Corvette Racing after a lenghty abscense at Daytona.
Our usual old cars from the Cavallino Classic at the Breakers in Palm Beach.
Its Friday, its the last Vroom Room of 2013, come in make yourself comfortable, enjoy the cappuccino and biscotti, join the conversation.
We hope that you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas...
In our case this year its been a White Christmas, with snow, freezing rain, snow, and more snow.
Looking back for a few nano seconds, 2013 was marked by change, and although change is constant, in some instances its demanding. If this past year you also effected change in your situation in one fashion or another, keep it up.
We could remind you of this or that from 2013, and perhaps come across as honking our horn. We have a search feature which will find content that is relevant to you, instead of us reviewing what we covered during the year.
Obvious...we had to close the year with a print from Gapingvoid, by now its become a tradition to have a Gapingvoid print on Fridays.
What did we learn in 2013?
- We surely don't have all the answers.
- Increasingly, more than ever you have to be your own editor.
- Its a brave New Reality with a ton of pundits sharing their views.
- Inexpensive/cheap credit makes the world go round, and moves a ton of iron.
- The "Big Picture" is more elusive now than ever before.
- Simplicity is an epic challenge.
- The auto business continues to grasp our attention.
A bit of understanding, respect, generosity, is helpful and goes a long way.
Being thankful, appreciative, is liberating.
Our usual old race cars from the Spa Six Hours 2013.
We always wish for a white Christmas, and in most instances we are not dissapointed, it usually snows a few days prior to Christmas to generate a "White Christmas". Yes...in Canada we need snow at Christmas.
This year to make it interesting we already had snow, and received a good dose of freezing rain to truly make it interesting. As expected with modern technology and hyper media, we received ample notice, warning that we were going to get a substantial amount of freezing rain in southern Ontario.
Here is the deal:
- The more the notice, the more the element of surprise.
- Some folks think that vehicles infested with technology will dispose of the ice especially on the glass area by themselves.
- Other folks think that the gas cover will automatically rid itself of ice once they reach the gas station.
- Obvious that other folks throw common sense out the window.
- The degree of selfish behavior increases exponentially.
Its fascinating to observe the "human management" of vehicles in inclement conditions.
A couple of days ago, at the first appreciable snowfall in the GTA, here we are thinking about driving in winter again.
Lets qualify this, in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) a snowfall of 10 cm turns into a major news event, while the snow becomes apocalyptical...or close. In other parts of Canada, snow, cold, being ready for winter is perfectly normal. Yes...10 cm is not enough snow to even talk about it.
It usually starts the day before, with the habitual warnings of incoming snow, colder weather, wind chill, and it gains momentum as the snow gets closer.
In the meantime the more motorists are advised and warned of incoming snow, the more AWD vehicles are sold every year, the more disconnected its getting. Its winter, its cold, its snow, its Canada, its normal.
Here is the deal:
Most folks seem to forget that its not the vehicle that has an understanding of the medium that its operating in, its the driver that increasingly must manage the capabilities of the vehicle. We reiterate, the driver must manage.
Vehicles are bristling with technology, they can literally control their speed, stop by themselves, however vehicles have no conception or understanding of the prevailing conditions, and what they are driving on. The challenge is that even with all the warnings, most folks remain oblivious to driving conditions, and managing their driving accordingly.
It gets even more interesting when municipalities wait for a specific snowfall prior to clearing the streets. Think about this, if more AWD vehicles are sold, or what looks like all wheel drive vehicles, perhaps it encourages municipalities to clear snow later.
It seems that most folks lose sight that an element of friction is required between the vehicle and the surface its operating on the enable all the technology to function correctly.
Perhaps many folks remain oblivious to understanding, to subsequently be in a position manage the vehicle and their driving in winter. The laws of physics have not changed, a vehicle requires a coefficient of friction between the tires and the surface to be able to steer, stop, and accelerate.
The driver manages the interface between the vehicle and the prevailing conditions, and surface, not the vehicle, not the technology, the driver manages.
The first Vroom Room of 2013, its Friday, come in we have cappuccino, biscotti, make yourself comfortable, join the conversation.
Heading back to reality, you have surely been reading a variety of articles, and thoughts about the housing market in Canada, and some of the flaws in the "system". Starting in 2009 its CSM (Citizen Main Street) that has powered the Canadian economy, the housing market, and valuation of homes were a contributing factor in powering the economy.
A few months ago, the message was as blunt as a sledge hammer, and crystal clear, the Canadian consumer is "tapped out", the housing market is hovering at heights that are perilous, while Canadian companies are sitting on mountains of cash, which is reasonable course of action (are we that naive) considering global uncertainties.
Yes...Canadian companies need to start powering up the Canadian economy.
Focusing on the wrong priorities, accompanied by fear mongering will simply exacerbate the housing market, further rattle consumer confidence, and hurt auto sales in Canada. In a few days after every pundits will comment on a record or near record auto sales in Canada for 2012, what will develop in 2013? What are your thoughts? Care to leave a comment.
An opportunity to browse the catalogue for the upcoming RM Auction Arizona sale on January 18...that Cobra again.
Think about this, we have snow in Canada, we have cold, and snow storms, freezing rain, black ice, its been going on for centuries. Why is it that when we have an appreciable snow fall the media behaves as if it never happened before. Its winter, its normal to have snow and at times more snow, its totally normal to know how to deal with snow, be it to walk, shovel, drive, have fun. The entire process has been around for centuries...
Informative article from iPolitics Crisis of Confidence The Long Fall of the Middle Class.
Canadian sales...do we really have to mention that the manufacturers that were competitive during 2012 had a strong December, and a strong 2012.
Our habitual old race car today is a fascinating profile of a Ferrari 250TR