Toronto was hit with its first major snowstorm of the year this week, Canada’s largest city receiving its largest single-day snowfall on record Monday. The storm closed down schools and businesses and brought aspects of the city’s sprawling public transit system to a halt. Those without snow tires or all-wheel drive were left spinning their tires in vein as they tried to get home, clogging up the streets and highways as well.
Watch: lots of vehicles dealing with high snow drifts on side streets, but this SUV wasn’t waiting. For the latest on cancellations, road conditions and more during this #ONStorm , tune to NEWSTALK1010. pic.twitter.com/o0OBUtQ89S
— NEWSTALK1010 (@NEWSTALK1010) January 29, 2019
Some commuters are smarter than others, though. While certain folks attempt to survive the harsh Canadian winter without snow tires or all-wheel drive, others come prepared. Toronto’s Newstalk1010 radio station tweeted out a video Monday showing a red Chevrolet Cobalt stuck in deep snow at an intersection in the city, attempting to turn left. A black Cadillac XT5 then enters the frame at considerable speed and absolutely demolishes the snow that has accumulated near the edge of the intersection, continuing onward before turning left and leaving the red Cobalt to sit there in shame.
“Lots of vehicles dealing with high snow drifts on side streets, but this SUV wasn’t waiting,” Newstalk 1010 tweeted.
While we can see how some might see this as an aggressive manoeuver, it can also be frustrating to dodge stuck and sliding cars that aren’t equipped with snow tires – especially if you live in a region where this happens every year. Sooner or later, you just have to learn to drive around them and continue on your way. In the province of Quebec, all vehicles must be equipped with winter tires from December 1st through to March 15th. That a law that should become more widespread, we think, although it’s easy to understand how it came into effect in Quebec- it receives an average snowfall of 123 inches annually.
(via The Truth About Cars)