Oh man! I think we just derailed this thread! But anyhow, here's another one.
When I was recently married my wife had never driven in the snow nor had ever driven a stick shift. All I had at the time was a 1993 Mazda 323 with a stick shift that I had bought for $250. (And the thing got 45mpg, no kidding!) Any how, that summer I showed her how to drive the thing. We lived down in a trailer park that was kind of down in a hole so to speak. After it snowed about a foot or more one day a 4WD extended cab Dodge Ram diesel was trying to get out of the trailer park up onto the main road. But with his oversized wheels he just couldn't make it. They just kept spinning and spinning, something I call the "sled effect". He must have been trying for at least 10 minutes or so until finally he backed up all the way to the very end of the whole trailer park and made a run for it down the whole length and finally made it up onto the road, almost going off the other side of course. Then my little wife who just learned how to drive a stick in a our little FWD Mazda, with good all season tires on, went right up to the stop sign at that road, stopped right on steepest part of the incline, and proceded to take off with hardly any wheel spin right onto the road with no problem on the first try.
I'm so proud of my wife!
2013 SL SOLD
1972 VW Beetle SOLD
1984 VW Golf diesel CURRENT
2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid CONTEMPLATING