Originally Posted by Ron Madden
The main problem with some folks with 4 wheel drive isn't the fact they believe they can drive the normal speed limit,
It's that they fail to realize what's gonna happen when they hit the brakes.
And probably the fact that none of them know what to do when they start losing traction. I learned to drive in the snowy winters of Northeast Ohio in a big old Pontiac Grand Prix with rear wheel drive. I remember having to put cinder blocks in the trunk and getting snow tires put on in the winter. Even at that, driving that thing was like driving a bobsled. You had to know what to do when the car started sliding, especially when stopping on a hill, otherwise you'd slide all the way down, taking out everything in your path.
Now, with all the traction control, automatic transmission, 4 wheel drive and such, no one knows what to do when they start sliding, or how to get through when the snow is deep. My wife gets stuck in the driveway all the time when we get a big snow and haven't had time to clear the drive. She pulls into the drive, loses traction and gets stuck. Fortunately, her car can switch to tap shift manual and you can turn off the traction control, so I get in her car and power right through. If you can maintain forward momentum and control your slide, you can make it into the garage, easy-peasy. My car is manual, so I don't have those problems. Driver assistance technologies can only do so much. The driver still has to know what to do when the conditions are too much for that stuff to handle.