>it starts snowing
>suddenly everyone starts driving like a retard
>almost sideswiped by a Kia shitbox on the highway
>in the city the old man driving the previously mentioned shitbox almost looses it... twice
>some brat in his E46 can`t keep it together because lolRWD and probably the shitiest winter tires one can find
Portland here, it's snowing pretty good.
I'm travelling here and it's my first time dealing with snow; I'm scared. I'd wait it out but it's not going to get any better all day today. Do cities normally clear snow at least in the downtown area?
Friendly reminder that not everyone in the US sucks at snow. Many states are practically frozen, buried in snow, and subject to constant wind whipping across a utterly featureless wasteland 30% of the year.
Same problem here, in WI
Pretty sure this isn't a country problem, it's a retard problem. Every winter I wonder how these morons still have their licenses.
I swear to christ if I ever become a shit driver due to old age I'll give my cars to the first decent driver I see then kill myself.
because it's easy as fuck to get a license and insurance will pay when you end up in a ditch. if we actually got strict on issuing licences and had a proper insurance system there'd be a lot less idiots on the road
>not moving to the motherland for chasing boyracer dreams on the hurrdurrrthing
i'm not too sure about yours either
>live in Washington state with no snow pretty much year round for 3 years
>visit my parents in Colorado for Christmas
>go hooning in minivan that has 180k miles, no abs, and Chinese tires
>live in Idaho, a place where horrid winters should be expected
>everyone drives 50+ on summer tires on roads that might as well just be paths of thick ice
>get visibly angry when I drive 30-35 on the far right, and don't brake at that last minute
Fuck this state
Yes. As stated by >>14164435 it's up so it doesn't freeze to the windshield.
But you wouldn't be using it anyway on a frozen windshield. You would have to unfreeze the windshield first and thus the wiper would unfreeze as well.
>snow in Portland OR
>not many people drive
>instead, people walk
>IN THE STREETS
>even if you are driving towards them they wont move until last second
>look at you like you are in the wrong even though they are walking in the middle of the street
>people do this even during normal weather too
fuck this place
exactly that, desu. people are retarded here
at least all the fucking priuses cant go anywhere
i work for a rental company, and judging by how all the 4x4s are getting rented, you wouldnt have been able to get something good anyways. erryone wants awd, cause they dont know how to drive in snow
>You would have to unfreeze the windshield first and thus the wiper would unfreeze as well.
No. It wouldn't. At least not on my car. You can scrape free the windshield, but when a little ice formed on the wiper it'll stiff as a stick. It'll move, but it won't clear your windshield. And yes, you need it, or else any drop of water/ snow/ whatever that gets there stays there.
>But you wouldn't be using it anyway on a frozen windshield.
Where the blade sits is usually one of the last places to unfreeze; the defroster air pattern usually focuses the heat higher up on the windshield in the driver's line of sight, not down where the wiper parks.
You scrape off a patch to see, start driving, and then use the wipers to clear off the rest of the melting ices as the defrost works its magic. If the blades freeze to the windshield, you either have to A) not use them at all until the windshield is completely thawed, at which point you no longer need them, or B) break them loose by hand, and risk ripping the rubber out of the blade.
There are also those of us who run a de-icing windshield washer fluid, and need the blades free for that to work.
Tons of snow here today. Went for a drive because I haven't driven the car in a while and I need it later this week.
I noticed most people were driving a bit faster than me on the roads where they cleared the snow, but maybe my tires or just not as good as I think they are or I'm a pussy. Went to a somewhat seldom frequented access road for trucks that isn't cleared of snow and did some skids. Too pussy to do it tight country roads with long radiuses.
It's my first winter in this car and so far I'm enjoying it, but I am pretty sure that I would be fucked on my commute if they didn't clear it of snow because it has some very steep inclines.
pic related, my Santa sleigh
Just take it easy on the throttle and around turns, and always be prepared to countersteer if you start slipping. Most people just think that snow tires give them immunity when they don't.
Basically don't be retarded.
fucking s10 balljoints, been there except it was the upper so It was still off the ground and i could drive, real fucking carefully.
WI bro here, and I feel all the pain, I'm a relatively nice person and unstuck 3 people who buried themselves in a snowbank
>the feel when, I can dive under my car and hook a tow strap around the torsion bar faster than other people can hook up their car to whatever tow point
>all the floridians freaking out and doing 10 under
>all the natives in their usual NASCAR drafting lines weaving between all the snowbirds doing 10 over
i fucking love north carolina
Ontario dude here, I live for days/nights when the roads get shittered up with snow so I can drive around in the jeep and pull people out. Last winter I pulled out 23 cars and trucks in one night. So far this winter, I've pulled two cars from shallow ditches.
Old photo, but thats about half of my recovery junk. I've got 3 more 30' recovery straps, 3 more 20 footers and even more d-rings. I gotta justify having all this shit by using it when Im not wheeling lol. 8500# winch on the front that sees a lot of use too.
Servus aus Ruhstorf! I was also out driving today (grocery shopping - even though I didn't really need to) - there was actually not enough snow for my taste; I only barely made use of my AWD (image related). Oh well, maybe next time...