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That said, I hope things clear up soon, and my condolences.
Oddly my old Geo Metro was the best ice car I ever drove.
Also, I would expect that hills in winter would be a problem.
It was a stupid good winter driving car
ut I drove to Montreal in 1998 for a lumberjack competition
but I drove to Montreal in 1998 for a lumberjack competition
They aren't bad drivers -- at least no worse than anyone else.
Gridlock wasn't the issue.
Gridlock was a huge issue.
*I refuse to use "Atlanta" here because the city of Atlanta is rather small, only about 500K people, and contained within the ring of 285. "Inside the Perimeter" in the local jargon. That's why I'm less upset with Kasim Reed - on of 60 local metro area mayors - than I am with Nathan Deal and the state.
The weather surprised a lot of people. They all released onto the roadways at the same time - generally between 12:30 and 1:00pm.
That's why I'm less upset with Kasim Reed - on of 60 local metro area mayors - than I am with Nathan Deal and the state.
I'm not much of a Reed fan, he could have done a better job, but yeah he is getting undue blame. He has no control over many things that went wrong (such as the interstates), and much of it happened outside his jurisdiction. Deal is f'n useless.
The biggest trouble spot on the interstates the last two days was the intersection of I285 and I75 at Cobb Galleria, and all of the feeder streets (Cobb Parkway, etc.)
Now go take your kvetching to the politics thread.
But most importantly...get it cleaned up! I'm going to Atlanta next weekend and I don't want to have to wear jacket!
A metro area* of 6 million people needs a real transportation infrastructure.
And the region's transportation infrastructure issues way precede Deal's election* in 2010
I'm still uncertain how he won the primary. That was a pretty big surprise to people up here.
The weather surprised a lot of people.
Why yes, Northerners are great at driving in snow.
Everyone here is bad at driving in snow and ice
Modern cars also don't help with snow driving due to automatic transmissions and traction control being commonplace - both of which make snow driving more difficult.
As for traction control, yeah turn it off. Its beyond useless and I don't know why regular passenger cars even have it.
My car has this feature, but I know next to nothing about it. Why should I turn it off?
I was driving from Indy to MKE that day during the Michigan City wreck and took about a 60 mile detour off of I-65 North, west and then north to 100% avoid the lake effect band altogether.
Another good trick is get a durable blanket you don't care about and keep it in your trunk. I've removed myself from ice ruts in the north with the help of an old blanket being placed on the ground in contact with the drive wheel. It always helps to have a companion to help you rock, or keep the blanket in place.
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