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All the fuss about these cars are - just so much nonsense! So, your car has traction control and all-wheel drive, plus the most grippy tires... Does that give you the right to do 80 or 90 when the rest of those on the highway are doing around 60? Even that is too fast in inclement weather!
When it is wet and snowy out, SLOW DOWN. Don't pu****tay alert. Safe driving is as simple as that. You will not have any problems if you drive sensibly under any weather conditions.
Make sure you are riding on good tires that are properly inflated, and that your car is ready for rough weather. Watch out for the other guy. Never tail gate. Leave plenty of room in case you have to stop. Take it easy. Driving is not about getting from A to B in the shortest possible time. It is arriving at your destination - ALIVE. Stunt drivers are always regarded with disgust! So, be careful when you are behind the wheel.
Better yet, stay off the roads when the weathercaster says to do so.
If you are unfortunate enough to have to drive when it is blizzard conditions out, exit the highways as soon as you can and wait it out somewhere safe. Enjoy a coffee stop at a rest area, for instance.
I will have to say that I love my Subaru in the bad weather- they are awesome and not sure what I would have done without it. I can remember the blizzard of 78/79 in the Northeast when the roads were shutdown- only thing people that had to be out were driving Snowmobiles, Toyotas and Subarus. Same thing pretty much happened with the early blizzard two years ago.
I do have to say though, just because you have a great car in the bad weather, does not mean you can drive like you stole it in such conditions. Let the car work and take you time. Metal can be replaced, but not human life. There can be ice under the snow, and just because it looks clear, doesn't mean you wont hit a patch of what they call "Black Ice". Nothing stops on ice- short of having chains and studded tires(which I think is only allowed in really high places now?) and even that is a crap shoot.