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i;ve been out and about all day here in Athens,Ga pulled a few people out of ditches, and got some unstuck.....and as i walk back into my apartment i fell on the brick stairs and SPLIT my knee open....FRICK

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I wear STABILicers to walk the dog, but they're heavy and "ugly." My wife prefers Yaktrax, which is much easier to put on and take off, and are also quite low-profile (unless you get the "Pro" model with the forefoot strap, which helps it stay on if you use the item more aggressively).

Where we live, people tend to keep a set of Yaktrax or similar product in the car, just in case one finds themselves needing to cross an iced-over parking lot.


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anybody notice all the SUVs down south sliding pathetically?

all kinds trying to go up slight inclines w rear wheels sliding, etc. you think they all have 2 wheel drive SUVs down there? is the ice so bad and those SUVs so bad that they can't navigate the mess?

I haven't seen any Subarus doing that yet

for example Charlotte North Carolina I'm seeing an orange SUV that gotta be 4wheel drive just pathetically spinning rear wheels!
It doesn't matter how many tires are putting power down to the road if all of them are on ice - yes, temperatures can shift the balance-of-power between studded tires and "Studless Ice & Snow" tires, but even so, the latter only really come into their own when the surface of the ice has been roughed by the passing of studded or chained tires in the first place.

Ice is just nasty business, and even "good on ice" is simply comparing between relative degrees of lack of traction.

Winter tires are a hobby of mine and a few of my friends, and honestly, they think I'm crazy for having two sets of winter tires and rims (plus summer tires, that's three sets sitting around in my garage, just for one vehicle) so I can play around with my traction needs: and I live and commute in the snow-belt of NE-Ohio. If one lives in an area like metro-Atlanta, is there really a need to even think about purchasing winter tires? sure, one could debate their value in the once-a-half-decade or -decade events such as this one, but honestly, winter tires down there are more of a liability as they simply do not provide the same level of traction when there's no wintry precipitation on the ground - even when it is well below that supposedly-magical-but-is-actually-marketing-drivel "45 deg. F." mark outside. "All-Season" tires really are all that's mostly ever needed down there to weather winters in a safe and responsible manner.

There were plenty of videos of Subarus and Audis and other AWD vehicles sliding through intersections and along the hilly streets of the PNW from just a couple of winter ago.

We're not invincible.

And as for all those trucks and SUVs?

Again, in such mild climates, unless you have a specific need for AWD/4WD - such as winter-sports or off-roading hobbies (or want a high-performance sports-car or sports-sedan with AWD) - the hit you take in the wallet due to worse fuel-efficiency from driveline losses really makes very little sense, especially as commutes are many-times often longer/covers more miles than they do in the "older cities" of the NE.

My mother and stepfather were not able to make it out of their driveway today. They live in Berkeley Lake, and their driveway is a steep ascent on both ends. They're taking tomorrow off as well.

My father kept his employees home today, and drove my stepmother to work this AM. He's got plenty of experience driving in wintry precip., but he also said it was nasty out. Luckily, while they also live in Duluth, GA., their subdivision's on less hilly ground, and once they made it out to the main street, all was well.

Stay safe, everyone!


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i;ve been out and about all day here in Athens,Ga pulled a few people out of ditches, and got some unstuck.....and as i walk back into my apartment i fell on the brick stairs and SPLIT my knee open....FRICK
No good deed goes unpunished... Here's to a speedy recovery!

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No good deed goes unpunished... Here's to a speedy recovery!

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Same here man

We have about 6+ inches on the ground in SE Pa. 6 more likely. Subaru is under the carport and staying there.

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Taken from my warm addition. :)

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last time wifey and kids were stuck home on a snow day she cleaned all day. no way am I going home!
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Smile Winter Storm Pax Pix from western NC!

Quiet and uneventful night. We ended up with ~9" (~23cm) of snow, and we dug out the Forester and a part of the driveway this morning. Community roads have been plowed, sanded, and salted by our contractor, and we're fine. Plows have begun their assault on the public road outside of our neighborhood.

Enjoy the pics!


9" snow accumulation after the Feb 12-13 snowstorm ("Pax") in western NC!



The Forester is cleared off and dug out. Our Husky supervised...



Splendid winter view to the East across the French Broad River valley!

I hope everyone is dry, warm, and safe!
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Jim,
That is a beautiful view.

This is my drive in(287 by CT/NY border) and me alone in the lower lot at work by Tappan Zee Bridge:
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^^^ Beautiful photos Jim!
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We gettin' hammered right now. No change to rain here, it's 20 degrees in Sussex County NJ.

This has been one of the coldest and snowiest winters up this way in a long time.

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Great pics

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Cleared the driveway w/electric snow blower at 6am then again at 8am. Took the cat to vet appointment. Experienced VDC activity starting from stop and turning left and uphill onto my street. Back in garage. Cleared driveway 3rd time today.

Showered, snacked, reported at 11:44am. Driveway looks to have another 3 inches again...
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Cool

Thanks, guys. We do indeed live in a beautiful area, one with spectacular views!

So, just how does one pronounce "ice" in the South?

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Jim, I think the southern pronounciation is "eye-sssss".
A good friend of mine was having some fun yesterday and today. For those who think we didn't get any snow..look at his craigslist ad for his igloo in Jefferson, Ga.
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