Sorry, I have to get this off my chest. This is to anyone who lives where there is a decent amount of regular snow.
I mean really, when it snows in Vegas I'm not expecting you to know how to deal with it. But when you live somewhere where snow is normal you should know how to deal with it. Especially how to drive in it.
For example, there is a very good possibility that it will take you longer to stop or slow down. Try braking a bit earlier than you do in the summer, better still don't brake as hard if you don't want to skid out of control.
4X4 is great, I have one, I also have an AWD. However I do realize that doesn't mean I am invincible on ice... yes dumbass a 4X4 can and will slide. Although you do have a better chance of getting your stupid ass out of that ditch you just slid into.
Using your windshield wipers to slide the snow off your windshield, while leaving an inch of snow on the rest of your vehicle, is NOT sufficient. Not only do I not appreciate driving in that mini snow storm you create behind you, but YOUR ability to see around you is severely compromised. And yes if you hit me and this was the extent of clearing the snow off your vehicle I will not hesitate to tell you I think you're an idiot.
Ditto for defrosting your windows. A hand sized clear spot directly in front of you on the windshield is not sufficient.
That white stuff on the ground doesn't mean that you will automatically slid off the road. If you live in a place that has snow on a regular basis the roads are generally maintained for driving in it. There are exceptions yes, however you do not usually have to drive 65 k- in the "fast lane" - on a road that normally has a speed limit of 90 k/hr. I am a speeder, yes, however I do slow down when conditions warrant it. It is to be noted though that driving too slowly is also dangerous, and ticketable. (for my American friends, that's like driving around 23-25 mph on a 75 mph road)
For that matter, when the conditions warrant it please slow down. I really do not like to watch as you hit the ditch and roll your vehicle. (I'm glad you weren't hurt and again, no problem for letting you stay warm in our truck while we waited for the police)
And please for the love of pete... if the visibility is not good (ie blizzard, blowing snow, etc) turn on your damn headlights! Daytime running lights are great at helping the people in oncoming traffic see you but they do nothing for the people coming up behind you. Do you not realize you have no tail-lights when you only have your DRLs on?
**no I have not been in an accident, but not for lack of morons like the above trying to cause one! This winter I've had several near misses due to the above type of driving**