I was lamenting with some of my co-workers about how awful Memphis drivers are when it snows. But it led me to this (somewhat obvious) thought: I bet Memphians - or Southerners in general - never really learn to drive in snow when they're kids. Because there just isn't enough snow!
It took me back to my own snow-driving lessons. We'd had a big storm and my stepdad took me to the parking lot at my high school. It was empty and covered with a snowy-icy mess.
Activity One: when the car is at rest, slam your foot on the accelerator.
Reaction: the car spins out and/or the wheels spin but the car doesn't move anywhere.
Lesson Learned: always ease on the accelerator when driving in snow.
Activity Two: while going at a reasonable speed, slam your foot on the brake.
Reaction: the car skids and/or spins.
Lesson Learned: use the brake gingerly, and make sure you aren't too close behind other cars.
Activity Three: really try to gain good speed, then slam the brake as hard as you can.
Reaction: the car spins and makes a "donut" in the snow.
Lesson Learned: my stepdad is cool.
Simple, yet effective.
Anyway - back to the grind (at the office) today.