Like a few others posting on this site, I’ve allowed Chicago winter weather to temporarily interrupt the enjoyment of my Smart. pulled mine into the garage about ten days ago, with twelve inches of snow on the ground and near zero temperatures, and didn’t even attempt to drive it. Little of that interruption was due to concerns about how the Smart handles snow or inclement weather. I find it handles as well as anything on the road—not as much traction as a AWD SUV, but less weight and thus easier to stop. My problem is that I don’t trust the other drivers on the road. I’ve now had two instances where I’ve been stopped in traffic on slippery roads and had big old trucks nearly rear end me.
Now if I have a choice, I’d prefer to have a whole bunch of otherwise unnecessary sheet metal and rolled steel slowing any invasion of my space by an oncoming F150. But my real concern is not really one of safety... I think the Smart would protect me just fine. What I’m really concerned about is getting to the first days of Spring with my precious Cabriolet in the body shop rather than top down on a sunny road under my control. I CAN’T WAIT TO TRULY ENJOY THIS THING THE WAY IT IS MEANT TO BE DRIVEN!
March? I hope so... but it could easily be April or beyond. :-(