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.