hpaulj wrote: ↑
Mon Dec 25, 2017 8:01 pm
Tomzooki wrote: ↑
Mon Dec 25, 2017 4:48 pm
Believe me, it may not be a Smart or a Chevy Spark, but in the prospect to drive outside cities areas in Quebec winter it is tiny. ....
Back in 2010 a team of Smart's drove the Dempster to Inuvik. They got quite a bit of press in the auto mags and even CBC.
They did it on purpose, and were proffessionnal drivers
Believe me, you don’t want to be caught by surprise in a snow quall driving a smart. I know somebedy who had an accident because of a snow quall, he was driving a Toyota echo, and as soon as the wind hitted the car he was out of the road. He could have hit another car coming the other way....
Last winter I had my first experience of what is a snow quall. « Bourrasque de neige » here in Quebec. I had to go far outside the city for work. I passed my life in Quebec city, so for me winter conditions were what I experienced in the city. I knew it could be different in rural areas, but was not fully aware of the difference. There was a meteo warning of « bourrasques de neige »; I thought it meant that there would be strong winds blowing ground snow (here that is called « poudrerie »). I learned that day what is a snow quall.... it is a sudden blizzard... Everything is OK and nice, no strong wind, no snow, good visibility, then BANG!! The wind hits, with tons of snow, you can see nothing - that is what is called « white-out » condition, it is as if somebody has stuck a white paper on the windshield, and when it happened I was driving on a curvy country road at 90 km/h, with cars coming the other way.... I have never been frightened like that in my life! 2 minutes after it is over, I thought OK it is finished, but no, some minutes after it hits again, then resume, then come back.... It is worse than a snow storm because it is unpredictable