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Snowstorm Pilie-Up

  1. Dec 18, 2008 #1

    George Jones

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    Evo's taxi/ice storm thread has motivated me to post about our recent snowstorm.

    Take a look at what happened to us yesterday; final exams were canceled. The footage from 0:50 until 1:45 is of a pile-up on a downslope that is just a two-minute walk from my apartment. Right-click and zoom to Full screen. Video changes at 5 pm est tonight.

    http://www.cbc.ca/video/popup.html?http://www.cbc.ca/ondemand/newsatsix/fredericton.asx

    This morning, before I caught the bus, I had to unbury our car (so my wife could use it) from the naturally deposited snow, and and that piled against it by the snow-plough.
     
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    How 'bout that 10th car?:rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
  4. Dec 18, 2008 #3

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    Wow, that's really bad. Our Las Vegas location is closing due to snow. Something I never thought I'd hear.

    Hope you and your wife are safe George.
     
  5. Dec 18, 2008 #4

    George Jones

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    I doubt that the police delivered their standard lecture: "You should know better. You should know that in wintry conditions you need to slow down, to give yourself plenty of room to stop, blah blah blah." :biggrin:
    My wife and little daughter didn't venture outside yesterday, and I took the bus to and from work. My daughter wanted to join the big kids who were playing outside in the snow, but my wife told her that the kids were too big. All the elementary schools and high schools were closed.

    The streets aren't perfect today, but they're much better after being ploughed, sanded, and salted.
     
  6. Dec 18, 2008 #5

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    We got that one before it hit you, George. Practically zero visibility in places due to blowing snow, and the speed limits on Interstate 95 were reduced to 40 and 45 mph depending on the section, though often the traffic was crawling along at 30 or less. Lots of vehicles off the road and a few collisions here and there. Cops and wreckers had a busy day!
     
  7. Dec 18, 2008 #6

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    We had snow last week here in Baton Rouge. First time I've seen snow since I was 1 or 2. I didn't go anywhere since I don't trust bus drivers in Louisiana to be able to drive through snow.
     
  8. Dec 18, 2008 #7
    It is interesting how the front wheel drive vehicles were lifted up and onto the hoods of the front wheel drive cars that hit them. That is a novel way to absorb energy.
     
  9. Dec 18, 2008 #8

    George Jones

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  10. Dec 18, 2008 #9

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    Lethal here in Vancouver - tips for drivers in 5cm of snow:

    In snow and ice perhaps you could let go of the coffee and cell phone while driving

    Your 4ton SUV slides a lot further on ice than a Smart car.

    The four wheel drive does bugger-all when all 4 wheels are sliding sideways on snow.
    Fortunately stamping on the ABS brakes in a panic is exactly the right thing to do.

    If you have an empty rear wheel drive pickup, the back wheels are spinning because there is no weight on them, rev-ing the engine higher does not add mass.

    I know it's officially daylight - but in driving snow would you please turn on your lights so I can at least aim to miss you.

    "I dare not brake in case I skid, so I have to go through all orange and red lights" - is not a well thought out strategy.

    ps. In a country where it is often snowy why do the police drive Crown Victorias with all the handling characteristics of a supertanker?
     
  11. Dec 18, 2008 #10
    Speaking of sliding cars....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BM2gLjfE_3Y

    I wouldn't try to get out of the car...
     
  12. Dec 18, 2008 #11

    BobG

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    This might work better.
     
  13. Dec 18, 2008 #12

    BobG

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    The key is to get a little extra braking action. Your tires might slide, but sticking something in front of your car that will catch and pile up the snow means you have to stop eventually.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jBumIFwreA&feature=related

    You know, a good wife wouldn't scream so much when doing that for you.
     
  14. Dec 19, 2008 #13

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    This is just not how I think of Vegas....

    [​IMG]

    but there you have it!
     
  15. Dec 19, 2008 #14

    Vid

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    I was thinking of going to grad school up north, but all these snow horror stories have me afraid. o_o
     
  16. Dec 19, 2008 #15

    George Jones

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    Horror stories? What horror stories? :biggrin:

    When I lived on a tropical island for two years, I missed all this.
     
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