Let's have some fun with a refresher course on driving in snow and ice. We get snow here in the mountains of western North Carolina, so most folks are pretty good at navigating a slick surface… which is doubly hard on an incline. Still, there are some who freak out at a dusting of powder, and there others who are entirely clueless that the road might be slick and keep up a normal speed. There are also the 4 wheel drive pick up truck and SUV drivers who figure they are immune from disaster because they have 2 drive axles. Having grown up with snow all my life, from as early as October to as late as May in any given year, sometimes 2 and 3 feet at a time… I learned that 4 wheel drive gets you going in snow, but does little to slow you down. Go for it if you want to power out of a snowbank with 4wd. Have a ball. I'll be the first one to admit it's a blast if you are safe. I had a nice Jeep a few years ago with which I could crawl over 2 foot snowbanks with ease. Out on the highway with 4wd engaged, considering the high center of gravity, it was the most dangerous vehicle on the road. It would slide and spin, while Toyota Corollas were plodding nicely along close to the ground with nary a tap of the brake. There is one word to remember if you are driving in snow and ice. Slow. S L O W. If you go so slow that even if you skid off the road and hit a tree (heaven forbid) and receive only a minor bump on the fender you are doing it right. There are all kinds of tips for driving in snow. Some say don’t slam on the brakes. Correct. Some say steer in the direction of the skid. Correct, although sometimes due to momentum you're committed to slide no matter what you do, so don't count on this one for your life. Some folks have chains on their tires, others have studded snow tires, depending on what your state allows. Slow is what works best. Just go slow. Easy and constant slow speed, no sudden moves. Folks who insist on driving fast in the snow either to prove they are invincible or just because they don’t have a clue are endangering others. If you want to play Rambo go get a snowmobile. That way it will between just you and the tree. It's a nightmare when you're doing all you can to plod along and someone comes up on your tail doing 55 on ice. Common courtesy dictates to keep in mind other folks might not have your capabilities. Give em some space if you can. Imagine that kind of stress on an elderly driver. Someone who is skittish behind the wheel to begin with. You say they shouldn’t be on the road ? Well, they are. Hey Cowboys, pretend it's your Mama and she's going to CVS to get her meds. You wouldn’t want someone running your Ma off the road, right ? Slow. Like a turtle. En Espanol, "Similar Un Tortuga" or something like that. Just be cool, and you'll get there, and so will everyone else.