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Confidential to Seattle
Every one of you says you can drive in the snow, it's the other people who can't.

Can you all be right?

Poll #876881 Snowpocalypse

Who can drive in the snow?

Me
17(77.3%)
The other people
5(22.7%)

Who can't drive in the snow?

Me
7(31.8%)
The other people
15(68.2%)
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insolent From: insolent Date: November 28th, 2006 06:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Never claimed I could. I stay away from it.
synabetic From: synabetic Date: November 28th, 2006 06:23 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL!

There are many reasons why I like you.
This is one of them.


Honestly, though I learned how to drive in snow, am an adept driver in the snow and all that, I haven't driven in the snow for a few years. So, needless to say, I'm not going driving anywhere anytime soon (though I did drive briefly in the snow last year... scared the hell outta me).
kindofstrange From: kindofstrange Date: November 28th, 2006 06:26 am (UTC) (Link)
It's not so much 'snow' at this point as it is giant sheets of unending black ice.
synabetic From: synabetic Date: November 28th, 2006 06:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, even nastier!

I hate driving in black ice conditions... One year in Spokane, we had "icestorm" where all the rain that fell for a couple days froze over night, taking out the power citywide and turing the city into a snowy & icy skating rink without traffic lights for days and days.
kindofstrange From: kindofstrange Date: November 28th, 2006 06:37 am (UTC) (Link)
It used to do that in MI about once a year. As a kid it was fantastic and amazingly beautiful. But yeah, this was MI and within a day the whole set of roads was thoroughly salted and people were back to work / school. Seattle just isn't equipped for this sort of weather, so things always end up seemingly far more horrible when it snows / ices here.
thugg1ns From: thugg1ns Date: November 28th, 2006 06:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Everyone who has ridden with me in the snow thinks I drive well in it. So I take it that means I can drive in it. However, I prefer not to because of "the other people" and their driving.
kindofstrange From: kindofstrange Date: November 28th, 2006 06:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I dislike it immensely, but I can still do it. But yeah... really not a fan of it, particularly when driving a car rather than a truck with better traction.
From: amare Date: November 28th, 2006 06:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Some other people can, some other people can't. Sadly most other people in Seattle can't. Hell most other people in Seattle can hardly drive in rain and we always get that. I suspect that I could drive fairly well in the snow with chains, but without them I'd probably slide all over the place like the rest of the unprepared mass of Seattle drivers. The point is moot though as my truck is broken right now.
faerieburst From: faerieburst Date: November 28th, 2006 06:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Isn't the snow that's the issue...it's the people who don't know how to drive on black ice.

Or white ice.

Or whatever colour of ice is politically correct at the moment.

This is why I walk.

~Aramada
gkr From: gkr Date: November 28th, 2006 06:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Of course. Tomorrow I won't see a single thing on the internet from people saying they are only staying home because they are scared of the other drivers.
faerieburst From: faerieburst Date: November 28th, 2006 06:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Nah, you will...but then it will be complaining 'cause drivers don't know how to drive on the ice, and they, in fact, do, but they will be the only ones.

I, I can't walk on the ice, but at least when I fall, my injury potential is far lower than in a car.

~Aramada
From: taowulf Date: November 28th, 2006 09:07 am (UTC) (Link)
I am staying home tomorrow because I am afraid of Hwy 18, specifically Tiger Summit. (sure, 3100ft, i think, is not that high, but it gets messed up in the snow) or is it 1800ft? Crap, too late and burned out from the 3 hour ice skate home.

And ice.
From: amare Date: November 28th, 2006 06:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Hah! Tricelt and I did the same thing in reverse.
tricelt From: tricelt Date: November 28th, 2006 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)
I can't drive in the snow* and I'm afraid of driving it because I don't trust the others.


*I've driven in snow a total of 3 times. Not very confident even though I did manage to get up and down Queen Anne yesterday evening with the help of Darren's coaching.
From: amare Date: November 28th, 2006 06:34 am (UTC) (Link)
hey that's pretty impressive. Queen Anne is a scary hill to negotiate in snowy weather.
thugg1ns From: thugg1ns Date: November 28th, 2006 06:38 am (UTC) (Link)
It isn't so bad if you know the side roads around East Queen Anne to get up and down the hill.
the1pony From: the1pony Date: November 28th, 2006 06:49 am (UTC) (Link)
I can drive in the snow, but it's very difficult in a Camaro. So I answered "Me" on both counts. heh.
chiaspod From: chiaspod Date: November 28th, 2006 06:52 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm perfectly fine driving in the snow; then again, I'm an unusually cautious driver who got a crash course in snow driving during my stint in Ohio.

I blame Californians like Cynthia.
ryanlion From: ryanlion Date: November 28th, 2006 06:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Here's the thing, I grew up in the Boston area, I grew up driving in snowy conditions. I know how to drive in it, and I know what my car can and can't do in it.

That doesn't mean I didn't do a controlled slide down the hill out of my work parking lot. Saturn sedans don't do well going down icy hills. Once on the road I was in control of my car at all times.

However I didn't see a whole lot of dumb driving, people seemed to be taking things pretty slow and cautiously the route I took home.
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darkphoenixrisn From: darkphoenixrisn Date: November 28th, 2006 08:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I can drive in the snow just fine. I've driven in New Jersey winter conditions, so Seattle ain't nothing.
From: taowulf Date: November 28th, 2006 09:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I can drive in the snow, but i am working from home tomorrow. That shit out there is ICE.

Oh, and my tires suck.
From: taowulf Date: November 28th, 2006 09:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, and judging from the cars on the side of the road, the worst drivers in the snow are new Mustang owners.
wire_mother From: wire_mother Date: November 28th, 2006 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
since it was an '06 Mustang that crashed through the fence and almost into this house (before it snowed!), i'd have to agree.
my_poison_apple From: my_poison_apple Date: November 28th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
The snow isn't the problem. The problem isn't even really the ice. As several people have noted, it's the damn hills and the lack of preparation on the part of both the drivers and the state.

Me, I'm staying home. Work is only a mile away, but I'm up near Broadway and it's down at Yale/Mercer. Which means a STEEP hill would need to be traversed, and I'm willing to do that neither in my little Ford Escort without snow tires nor with my feet and poor balance.
skepticle From: skepticle Date: November 28th, 2006 04:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry. I filled out your poll, but I am in SLC. But I drove in the snow last night and this morning. Sucessfully. Elegantly. Functionally.
And I'll do it again tomorrow.
wire_mother From: wire_mother Date: November 28th, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
i don't drive. at all.
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