Are 4×4 trucks and SUV's immune to sliding in ice and snow conditions?

Where I live we got a nasty snow storm and on my way home from work this 4×4 truck kept pushing me to go faster and finally passed me. The streets were snow covered and icy. The speed limit was 30, I was going 20-25 mph(I drive a Toyota Corolla) and this truck was seriously going at least 45-50mph as he past me and kept going really fast. Are these trucks really immune to sliding? When I told a friend of mine she said I was such a "grandma" driver and that driving in snow is no big deal.. and that the truck was probably just annoyed I was going so slow. I’m like..hello…it’s nothing but snow and black ice out there..It made me really mad (She has an SUV) Anyway just curious.. Personally, I rather be cautious than injured or dead.
We have lots of black ice where I live..and when the snow covers it..it can make it really treacherous..not to mention we also have hills. This guy just flew by me..I mean really flew and passed other people as well including a big toe truck. I wonder if he needed that toe truck later on in his travels..
So the snow continues here and I just got home from Thanksgiving dinner..My great Toyota made it perfectly around a really steep curve..and I was at speed limit. (25) A big SUV behind me tried to speed up to pass me and instead lost control and swerved behind me really bad.. Fortunately I turned on the next street and avoided the danger and the driver of the SUV was still trying to gain control..So I rest my case.. Thanks for all the advice!

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9 Responses to Are 4×4 trucks and SUV's immune to sliding in ice and snow conditions?

  1. Country Boy July 5, 2011 at 5:27 am #

    Lori,
    Before retirement I drove the same 21 mile stretch of 65 mph. highway for 37 years. In later years I saw more SUV’s on their roof or laying on the side because of speed and inexperienced stupid a*s driving skills than any other car. People "assume" they’re king of the road when they walk out and buy a four wheel drive or all wheel SUV. You can imagine what can happen when people assume too much. They become immediate experts in their own brain.

    Always travel at a speed you feel safe with. Pee on everybody else.

  2. mustanger July 5, 2011 at 5:27 am #

    Better safe than sorry and no, the 4x4s and SUVs aren’t immune to sliding. Sooner or later your friend will find out the hard way.

  3. Pancakes July 5, 2011 at 5:27 am #

    Drive down an interstate right after a good snow storm and almost all vehicles laying upside down in the median will be a 4 wheel drive. 4 wheel definitely helps in bad weather, but is not impervious to the same slipping and sliding any other vehicle can experience. If someone is tailing you in bad weather, it’s important you don’t lose your cool or speed up. Besides, the other driver could care less if you wreck, right?

  4. sgoldperson July 5, 2011 at 5:27 am #

    They may have had winter tires on their car as well. Usually though it is just that false sense of security. No they will slide just as easy as a regular car, actually more easily because they are the ones that think they don’t need to be careful.

  5. Scott Stevenson July 5, 2011 at 5:27 am #

    Unfortunately, a lot of people (including apparently your friend) believe that SUV=super powers. These are usually the people who appear on the news after a storm saying how they were just driving along when their Canyonero slid off the road "for no reason".

    Any vehicle will skid when the forces on it exceed the grip of the tires. 4×4’s and SUV’s may have a little more grip, but it’s not unlimited, and it’s not as much as just about any car would have on a dry road.

    You’ve got the right attitude. If you wreck a car because you were going too fast for conditions, you will burn every minute you ever gained by going 45 in a 30 zone during the snow, not to mention the money to get the car fixed, and the higher insurance.

  6. StephenWeinstein July 5, 2011 at 5:27 am #

    No, they are not immune. Also, when they do slide, they are more likely to flip onto their sides than regular cars are.

  7. what u talkin' bout? July 5, 2011 at 5:27 am #

    They still skid! Always go slower and have control of your vehicle. Don’t think that just because you have a 4 x 4 or AWD that you will be immune from skidding. SUV’s are notorious for flipping over. Drive extra cautious with them! I think that if you always drive slower and be in control of the vehicle you shouldn’t have any problem.

  8. Cable T July 5, 2011 at 5:27 am #

    You were driving too slowly although you may have been at the limit of your abilities. Snow covered roads are not ice covered roads. Your estimate of his speed is flawed also since no one…not even a cop…can accurately gauge a vehicle’s speed through observation. I’d have passed you too.

  9. ☺<>☺ July 5, 2011 at 5:27 am #

    The only difference between a 2WD vehicle and a 4WD vehicle being driven by an arseholes is that the 4WD will have two extra wheels spinning when it slides of the road arse backwards. 4WD cannot defeat the laws of physics.

    I live in the country where just about everyone owns a 4WD truck of some sort. The tow trucks drivers make a fortune off these guys.