Originally Posted by codprawn
Because obviously when I said NEVER I should have said seldom!!!
In nice soft snow it is perfectly safe to brake - on a thin dusting of snow overlying black ice - as it was on some roads last night - than the slightest touch of the brake pedal can have you sliding off the road unless you accelerate to gain control.
ABS isn't much help either - you may not skid but you certainly don't stop!!!
Ahh, sorry my psychic powers are a little weak today. I didn't realise that when you said NEVER you actually meant SELDOM. Actually, you probably dont mean SELDOM, you really mean CAREFULLY use brakes in snow if you think about it eh?
(Maybe I am being slightly pedantic now but I'd hate for an unsuspecting reader to take the word of Cod as gospel.)
In a convaluted fashion you do have a valid point about 4x4, misplaced feelings of invincibility and a rude awakening when you find you cant stop so well. Its a phenomenon I've observed even here where you'd think people should know about driving on snow and I'm damn sure it happens in Wales too.