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Some of you know I haul gold, silver, precious metals for a living. I talked to a few bout the lovely conditions I drive in all winter every year and especially this past week. Well along the way I took a few pics and this is pretty much what I spent 10-13hrs driving in all day, all week. I barely let up for maybe a 1/2 hr to an hr each day and when I say "let up", I mean you still didn't wanna be in it but you could see a lil better. Driving in the snow has never bothered me. I'm used to it but after endless hrs, you just wanna get home.

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Driving in the snow doesn't bother me either.It's the whiteouts,and icy roads that I don't like.
 

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Thanks for the pics, I bet the person in the first one wanted to get home just a wee bit more than you did. Snow drivings OK, sounds like you cover lots of miles, be careful out there!

It's the other drivers that get to me. We have snow and ice every year, they've lived here all their lives, and they still try to drive like it's the middle of July.
Exactly what I was going to add. Seems to be a learning curve every fall or early winter when the roads first get slippery. Nobody appears to remember what they learned the year before.
 

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Thanks for the pics, I bet the person in the first one wanted to get home just a wee bit more than you did. Snow drivings OK, sounds like you cover lots of miles, be careful out there!

Exactly what I was going to add. Seems to be a learning curve every fall or early winter when the roads first get slippery. Nobody appears to remember what they learned the year before.
Bout 400-450 miles a day....shoulders hurt, burn, etc and yes its mostly from staying away from other drivers.........
 

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Yep thats a lot of miles, What sort of vehicle do you drive?
 
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International, 10 wheeled armored truck. Has a Maxforce diesel so its got enough power. Stopping it has beeen a different story in the past. Been driving it from Buff to Pa and back for 8yrs. well, not the same truck, I usually get a new one every 3yrs or so its been so far.
 

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It amazes me when people do not give a larger than automobile size vehicle the space and respect they need. I have always said that I could not be a Big truck driver because sooner or later....... I am just gonna hit someone, because they deserved it. Michigan is much safer with me driving my Buick Rendezvous.
 
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Learned to drive on those roads and worse with old rear wheel drive cars from the 70's. I think my favorite was the 75 Coronet. If you knew what the vehicle was going to do, you could make it "corner" like a dream.
Stopping was interesting, it was ordered without power brakes. They worked fine, you just had to keep them adjusted right.

As for driving on snow, no problem. I almost wish they'd quit using salt & just go back to plowing and grit. I swear this new melting agent is making it more slippy somehow.
 

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I'm sure that makes for some long days. I don't like driving in it at all. We've had a lot of white outs here lately due to high wind and cold. Many accidents including a fatality the other night a few miles from here.
 

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Driving in the snow is bad enough. Factor in new, inexperienced drivers, drivers on the phone, aggressive 4x4 drivers and the proverbially stupid and that makes it worse.

I give the driving professionals a hats off for doing it everyday.

I agree with Maynard. Whiteouts are the worst.
 

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My hat's off to all the folks who have to drive through storms. My pet peeve with snow storms is the fools that thik the 4 or AWD allows them to drive as if it's summer. Yeah, it may help them go - but it doesn'd help 'em stop !!
 

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I don't mind driving in snow,having driven in snow all my driving life,you have to drive with care and be aware of the road conditions at all times.Whiteouts are the worst then the ice.To many people forget its winter and drive like its summer.I have some inlaws on the west coast who refuse to drive if it snows.{Maybe thats a good thing} LOL Who ever you are and what ever you drive you need to be careful.Just finished watching a TV show about Canada's worst Drivers.IMHO I don't think they should even beable to have a Driver's License. There's to many poor driver's out there thats for sure.Stay Safe everyone.
 
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