Why don’t more drivers see winter for what it really is?
A perfect training environment that allows them to learn how their cars react at the limit (at much lower speeds than during the summer) and improve their reflexes behind the wheel.
Now, we’re not saying you should treat public roads as your personal test track, far from it. There are special places where you can exercise your drifting abilities. However, while on public roads, you should notice how your car reacts in certain situations and stay alert to what happens around you in traffic — that information will definitely come in handy in the future.
A good example is the driver of a dashcam-equipped 2011 Honda Accord traveling on a snow-covered Michigan highway. An accident happened right in front of him when a Chrysler Sebring slid into a pickup truck. He could have panicked and slam on the brakes, which most certainly would have resulted in his car hitting the Sebring.
Fortunately, he assessed the situation correctly and, instead of braking, he steered left to the quick lane to avoid the Chrysler Sebring sedan in the middle lane. Of course, one could argue that the cammer was driving a bit too fast on the snow-covered highway. Well, even if that were the case, his reflexes saved him and his passengers from trouble. Still, if another car drove on the fast lane at the exact moment he made the avoidance maneuver, he wouldn’t have had the option of escaping a crash.
Anyway, if you look carefully at the video, you’ll see that after avoiding the Sebring, he almost hit an older Ford Focus that went into a slide and hit the median following the first accident. Kudos to the pickup driver as well who managed to regain control of the vehicle immediately after being hit by the Chrysler.