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loads of sticky situations in your city?
Yes, cars will not move once the snow accummulation reached the floor pan and he is in Michigan. It is not uncommon to snow more than one inch an hour. I had similar situations living in New England also.

My suburban almost got stuck near Lake Tahoe several times. I don't use it much now and certainly would not buy one today. Occassionally it is still useful moving kids to college, going to airport to fetch grandma etc. Even though I have a SUV, I too believe they don't belong in the cities other than in the snow belt.

Incidentally SUV against a trailer doesn't fare much better either. One of my in-laws was killed in a Tahoe hitting a trailer during a sand storm on I27 in Panhandle Texas. I drove that same stretch 2 years before in dense fog. Having a plane to catch, I couldn't slow down much either.
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Couple of points, back in the late 60s the very very buxom and voluptuous actress Jane Mansfield was decapitated by running under the rear of an 18 wheeler. Tere was all kinds of talk about lower and stronger rear guards on trucks (like UPS 18 wheelers that have a full arch and low bumpers at the rear, they are also not removable and unable to be placed on a train like the over wheel trailers) and nothing has happened in 40 years. I know some European countries require low strong bumpers on trailers, I am surprised Germany is not one of them.

Re: SUVs and backing over kids, the same can and have happened with "earth friendly" minivans and cars. The problem is poor visibility and carelessness (don;t think it can't happen to you). This problem would be largely eliminated with rear cameras (first on the 2000 Infiniti Q45, and motor homes several years earlier). Cameras won't help if drivers don't look at the monitor or if it is washed out by the sun.
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I have backup camera on my Lexus and I do use it. Given these cameras are $30 at Fry's, it's a wonder they are not on more cars.

Trucks and trailers in Japan have low guardrails even on the sides.

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I reckon the guy in the silver E55 was suicidal. Why would you be going 210 km/h at impact? And run straight up the back of it? Surely you would have applied the brakes and used the steering wheel unless you were trying to kill yourself.
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May be just a case of DUI. In Germany restaurants, beer is like water, the waiter just keep pouring.
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Yes, cars will not move once the snow accummulation reached the floor pan and he is in Michigan. It is not uncommon to snow more than one inch an hour. I had similar situations living in New England also.

My suburban almost got stuck near Lake Tahoe several times. I don't use it much now and certainly would not buy one today. Occassionally it is still useful moving kids to college, going to airport to fetch grandma etc. Even though I have a SUV, I too believe they don't belong in the cities other than in the snow belt.

Incidentally SUV against a trailer doesn't fare much better either. One of my in-laws was killed in a Tahoe hitting a trailer during a sand storm on I27 in Panhandle Texas. I drove that same stretch 2 years before in dense fog. Having a plane to catch, I couldn't slow down much either.
Having grown up in Wisconsin and Minnesota I understand the snow issues.
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Having grown up in Wisconsin and Minnesota I understand the snow issues.
Yes, it is amazing how exhaust condensation from traffic jam can form black ice on the freeways in Minnesota. And yet all the corn fields make steamy summers. Really hardy people up there.
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