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Snow in the Pine Pass

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 @ 10:19 AM

Prince George, B.C. – Motorists headed north should be prepared for winter driving conditions.

“Yeah, we do have some snow falling today through the Pine Pass area,” says Environment Canada meteorologist Ross Macdonald. “We’re expecting a system to push through so we’ll see about 10 centimetres accumulate before it starts to taper off later this evening.”

Before all is said and done he expects about 15 cm to fall by tomorrow morning though Prince George should be spared.

“In the next few days we’re not expecting any snow no,” says Macdonald. “We’ll see this system go by and in terms of precipitation it’ll be rain. And then we’ll have another system pushing through Wednesday night into Thursday morning and we’re expecting that to be mostly rain as well.”


It seems like there are more and more accidents, at a time when vehicles are supposedly the safest that they have ever been.

We now have antilock brakes, traction control, all-wheel drive, lane departure warnings, passive restraint systems, advanced tire traction design and the like!

All of these safety features are supposed to make things better, but I wonder if in some way, this proliferation of safety features has reduced the average driver’s ability to actual “drive” a vehicle.

As an example, in the “good old days”, we went to a vacant parking lot and we learned how to control a skid. Now the vehicle is supposed to prevent a skid in the first place. If we do actually slip and slide, so many don’t know or wouldn’t now how to react except to hang on to the steering wheel for dear life!

I’m not sure what the answer is to the high number of crashes! I just do my best to stay out of the way!!

    e-brakes in Costco parking lot. Oh the memories…

    Nope. It is simply that they are reported on know because of the far reaching hands of media and social media. “back in the day” you only heard about the crashes of people you knew, know everything is reported.

      know, know, my k key must be sticking.

You can do what ever you want to make vehicles safer, but it all boils down to that nut behind the wheel. Sorry but it’s a fact.

    That would be the loose nut behind the wheel!

      That would be the “wing nut” behind the wheel.

Oh, don’t forget that we now have the safest highways and roads we’ve ever had too.
I guess the less people have to think, the less they do.
I wonder what percentage of current drivers had to learn on poor gravel and dirt roads or open fields and bush trails?
Not only that but the complete and no fault insurance we have today, I don’t believe helps matters any as well.

I took my boys to St. Mary’s Parking Lot to practice doing donuts and learning how to drive their vehicles in snow and ice. Sure wasn’t part of their Driver training classes.

    If you try that today, the RCMP might come along and ticket you for “stunting”!

I think part of the problem is people watch the zoom zoom and winter tire commercials and think they can drive like they do on the commercials! That and common sense ain’t so common anymore, there used to be a time when the weather was bad people stayed home, now people just have to go to the mall no matter what.

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