Snow is Scary
Albert Burneko is a fool and the epitome of toxic masculinity.
I generally don’t try to link to fools to tell you how foolish they are being, but this is a link I can’t resist.
The best practices for snow-driving are, basically, the same as the best practices for dry-driving, only with the conservatism turned up 25 percent. Follow them, and they will lead you home—which is where you, and apparently none of the other bozos on the road, intend to get, sometime before the stars burn out.
This is terrible advice that will get you killed. Driving 25% more conservatively might be acceptable advice for someone who is driving after a light drizzle as described by Edmunds:
On wet pavement, total braking time increases from 4.6 seconds to 6.1 seconds, and total braking distance shoots up from 271 feet to 333 feet.
In snowy conditions, even with snow tires, total stopping time jumps to 10.6 seconds and 533 feet.
I don’t know what Edmunds means by “snowy conditions”. If there is a fresh inch of snow on the ground and the ground is still warm, my car is heavy enough to compact it and still make contact with the ground underneath. It’s still much worse than rain, but at least I’m not snow-planing. It’s fine.
A couple few inches, however, are sometimes sufficient to prevent my vehicle from ever making direct contact with the road. My ability to change momentum is dictated by the ability of my all-season tires to grip against snow and the ability of that snow to grip against whatever else it is resting against, which is sometimes just more snow or perhaps ice. In such cases, it is possible that your car will slow down about as fast as if you were to simply shift into the neutral without tapping the brakes at all.
And that’s sort of what you see happening here:
[Vik 10/2019: The prior link was taken down, so here’s another one. It suffices to say that care pileups during snow storms are common.]
— ABC News (@ABC) December 5, 2016
These are people who were probably happily driving for miles and miles without anything bad happening. They slowly built their confidence and then plowed their multi-thousand-dollar death machines into one another. Please be smarter than that.