9/12/2010

09-12-10 - Winter

It's supposed to be a really cold, wet, snowy winter this year. The gray fall has been in full force for a week now and I'm depressed and body-wrecked all ready.

I have to decide whether to get snow/winter tires for the car, buy a beater winter car, or just move to the Caribbean for the season.

10 comments:

Aaron said...

Beater, dude... you do *not* want to crash that Porsche in the snow. Don't get crazy, just grab something with front wheel drive and you'll be fine.

sylvain-v said...

Ha, a not C-4 Porsche in a strong-winter area... forget it in your inside parking and get some light shit :)

nothings said...

get a beater

cbloom said...

Yeah that video is epic and terrifying.

I dunno I'm kind of waffling. It would be fun to drive the car in the snow, but it's $2000 for wheels + snow tires (yes I could just get tires, but then I have to get them swapped, and move them around, and then get them swapped again come spring, easier to just get wheels and I can do it myself at home).

OTOH a beater is cheap but then I have to go to the damn DMV again and have to actually shop around which is a huge hassle, and insure it and blah blah.

Aaron said...

I put your chances of wrecking the porsche in the snow (more likely some redmond trophy-wife hitting you) at about 10-25% per season. Higher when we have an epic ice storm like a couple years ago. Do your fancy EV calculations on that and remember to multiply it by the chance of having to wait around while some body shop does a half-assed job of fixing the porsche. Insurance is no biggie: multi-policy discount, baby! If you buy smart it can be a useful vehicle for camping in the summertime too.

You only need the dmv if you buy from a private seller, right? Honestly the dmv can't be that bad! Esp if you pick one of the good ones.

cbloom said...

"at about 10-25% per season"

No way! More like 1-5%. It depends how much you believe Cliff Mass and the early predictions of epic winter. I guess we do know pretty reliably that it will be very wet this year, the question is just how cold it gets.

Aaron said...

Re: 1-5

You could drive 100 of these winters without getting in an accident? Nah.

5% would be what, one accident every 20 winters? That's more plausible.

Ok ok, so you're right 25% is a bit high. Though I've come *very* close to being hit in that last slippy-slidey ice storm. It's gotta be 5-10% at least though.

Aaron said...

On the other hand if you buy a beater or spend any significant amount of money, that'll pretty much guarantee us a nice warm winter with lots of sunshine. DOOOO IIIIIITTTTT!!!!!

sylvain-v said...

> You could drive 100 of these
> winters without getting in an
> accident? Nah.
>
> 5% would be what, one accident
> every 20 winters? That's more
> plausible.

Or other solution: pay tax to get decent public services that will clean your streets in the blink of an eye. Canada winter are "slightly" worse, and they get less issues with snow and ice :)

Nino Mojo said...

"Or other solution: pay tax to get decent public services that will clean your streets in the blink of an eye. Canada winter are "slightly" worse, and they get less issues with snow and ice :)"

That is a totally realistic and useful idea!

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