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#142 of 161 The past few days in Minnesota
Jan 16, 2009 (7:24 pm)
Talk about winter driving at its worst. Thursday and friday both saw over ten rollovers alone in the morning rush hour because of black ice. The temp was about negative 30 with a wind chill of about negative 50. I wonder what is worse, the feeling of the car as its rolling over or standing outside the car waiting for the state patrol to show up???
#143 of 161 Re: The past few days in Minnesota [bigfur]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jan 16, 2009 (7:26 pm)
30 below is pretty punishing if you're standing outside. I remember Alaska at 50 below and it was painful to breath. It was very dangerous at those temps to be out for very long and no, you don't want to grab your door handle with your bare hands.
#144 of 161 Re: The past few days in Minnesota [Mr_Shiftright]
Jan 18, 2009 (11:03 am)
I dont get it, these are the same idiots that drive across a frozen lake with no problems. Yet when it comes to just a little bit of black ice on a curve in a road they end up on their roof.
#145 of 161 Re: The past few days in Minnesota [bigfur]
Jan 18, 2009 (11:32 am)
Driving across a flat surface with few obstacles is a whole different thing from driving on an icy road with traffic, curves, dips rises and blind spots.
Black ice sneaks up on you, surprise can create panic.
#146 of 161 Re: The past few days in Minnesota [andys120]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jan 18, 2009 (4:21 pm)
There you go.....PANIC....brain freezes, pedal mashed to floor, wheel locked or arms flailing....and probably too late to do anything even if you came to your senses.
#147 of 161 Re: The past few days in Minnesota [Mr_Shiftright]
Jan 18, 2009 (5:28 pm)
Gotta love black ice. Nothing better then it being so cold your exhaust freezes.
#148 of 161 Re: The past few days in Minnesota [Mr_Shiftright]
Jan 21, 2009 (7:32 pm)
In the mid-nineties there was a series of devasting ice storms on the east coast. I was driving a manual and after yet another ice storm went to work the next day. I came off a clear road speed limit 55, onto an exit ramp, doing about 30, which clar for the first 10 feet then was black ice the rest of the length. As I rounded the curve scared out of my head, a car had previously spun out in front of me and was perpendicular to the road...no chance of me stopping. The driver saw me coming and not suprisingly had a look of panic.
In a split second I mashed the clutch keeping the car in neutral, prayed, steered slightly to left to avoid the cars front, hoped I wouldn't hit the guardrail on the left. Managed to get around the car without hitting anything, then the exit ramp turned into a downgrade straight to the stop sign at the bottom.
I kept the car in neutral, the plan was to mash the brakes when I was even with the stop sign and hope I didn't hit an innocent car who happened to be in the intersection at the wrong time. The almighty must have been looking after me, as when I hit the brakes at the stop sign there were no cars in the intersection and I stopped in the middle of the road.
It could have ended much, much worse. Lesson to be learned is one can't panic.
#149 of 161 Re: Are there any wiper blades that actually wipe in winter weather? [bottgers]
Aug 19, 2009 (8:38 am)
I use Tripledge wiper blades. They've worked well for me... they are silicone so it will last longer than rubber. I bought them from www.buytripledge.com but I think you can find them other places.
#150 of 161 Good time to review this stuff
Dec 22, 2009 (5:28 pm)
Also, although I don't know its weather related, its a good time to check lights. I found I have a headlamp, and have seen 3 others on each of the last 2 nights with headlamps out..
#151 of 161 Re: recipe for disaster? [bruuklin]
Jan 20, 2010 (11:12 am)
I had a 97 sentra as my first car in high school. I suggest you drove it into a wall and use the insurance money as a down payment. Those cars are garbage, I hated it, terrible in snow, no power. Luckily for me, my girlfriend wrecked it for me and I got a used Cherokee. Night and day difference, more power actually works in snow which made the sentra seem like a go-kart with a/c.
There is something to be said about a V8 and 4WD. Its worth the difference in fuel consumption if you ever have to deal with snow. Also if you ever get in an accident, chances are, you win. Keep in mind that an SUV with a poor crash test rating will still demolish a smaller car with even the best crash test rating, a little know fact.