Well, my little smartie was no match for the recent snow & ice in Chicago! After trying to get her out of the garage with about 6" of snow and a sheet of ice underneath, I enlisted my husband's help to push her back in and left her there for the duration. As I walked around town, though, I felt good that mine was not one of the many, many cars I saw spinning their tires, sliding sideways, or even denting their fenders just trying to navigate the side streets. Now that the rain has ridded us of the snow, I reckon I'll go out and get a couple of buckets of kitty litter to put in the back over each wheel--can't hurt, and might come in handy if I need to spread any grit out on the road.

Happy holidays to all--and wishing everyone a more prosperous New Year!

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Comment by DLP on December 30, 2008 at 4:13pm
The only trouble I had at all was on ice. I did some donuts in my drive way but managed to get out of it anyway. In snow, no problems. Even after the donuts, I was able to get the car under control and get out of the driveway and get back in. Would not drive on the roads if there were a lot of ice anyway.
Comment by Wendy on December 30, 2008 at 12:35am
Wow, your comments bring back memories. I drove a school bus in one of the NW suburbs of Chicago and REALLY hated getting up at 0(bleep)hundred to warm the car so I could get to work and warm the bus enough to clear the windshield so I could get driving. I moved to Houston to avoid snow each winter, but the week before Christmas my section of town had almost a 'whole' inch of snow, with other sections getting a whopping three. ::shaking head:: It lasted about half an hour, but the news spent three days talking about and showing pictures of snowmen, etc, that viewers had sent in. Must say I don't miss driving in it, and the little bit we had here was enough for me this winter!! I do like LOOKING at snow; I just surrendered to my wish not to drive in it any more. Good Luck with your Smarties: I'm sure they'll stand up to anything.
Comment by Boomer's Rock on December 28, 2008 at 9:47pm
I had problems trying to get my smart out of my driveway too. Mostly because there was some ice under the snow as well as the clearance being so low. We finally got her out with a little back and forth but I don't know that I can depend on getting her out at 5:30 am when I try to go to work on these mornings. I also find it slow to defrost the windshield (humidity built up inside?).

I also had to have the back window replaced as the defroster has bad connections on two of the wires.
Comment by Jim Yedor on December 28, 2008 at 7:55pm
We have had some terrible weather problems here in So. Calif. as well- we had a frost overnight and I had to use my window defroster ! Also, when I put the top down on my Cabrio I have to get out and remove the roof rails and stow them- then get them out at night and put them back to put the top back up !!! It's KILLING Me!
Comment by SandraK on December 28, 2008 at 7:08pm
HA! Thanks for all the comments! My garage is especially tricky, as there is a dip behind it that collects water, which had really frozen up slick under the snow. I expect we'll be OK from here on in--but you are right about Chicago pot holes!
Comment by Wally Gullang on December 28, 2008 at 8:22am
The snow was bad but that fog. Out here in the boonies the fog was almost imposable to drive in, almost. I love driving in weather that others don't. So the wife and I drove out to Oregon, Illinois and along the Rock river. We tried looking for eagles but couldn't even see the trees.
Comment by Jim Yedor on December 28, 2008 at 12:41am
Sandra- One of the classic Beetle tv ads showed a snowy morning and a man's boots trudging through the snow. No voice over, just his boots crunching on the smow. He goes into an old wooden garage and you hear a motor start. He drives out in a Beetle. The anouncer says "Ever wonder what the guy who drives the snowplow drives to work?"

With the engine over the rear wheels and rear wheel drive your smart should be just fine in the snow-probably more fun that anything you've driven before. But you do have to be able to get it out of your garage!
Comment by Doug on December 27, 2008 at 11:02pm
Now you need to worry about the pot holes up there. Just watched WGN reporting on the holes there. You car might "fall" into one and no one will know you are in it. LOL Later from Decatur............

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