It’s no fun driving behind a slow truck, especially when your car is a very winter-capable Subaru WRX. What’s the point of having symmetrical all-wheel drive if you can’t use it? A snowy weekend is the perfect time to go drive your Subie, but when you do so please do better than this driver and don’t attempt to make a blind pass on a snowy road. You never know what’s coming the other way.
A major winter storm did to the Eastern Coast what my daughter normally does to any dish when she gets ahold of a can of whipped cream. From Virginia up through Maine just about everything is smothered in a lay of sparkling snow and ice. This storm has already claimed more than 40 lives according to the Associated Press, but the good news is that this videos contains none of those people.
The clip below comes from this week’s snow storm and was posted by the New York State Department of Transportation, which operates plows that salt and clear the state’s many thoroughfares. Warning, even though no one is hurt in this video, it’s pretty gnarly. The video is on NYS DOT’s Facebook Page and X/Twitter, so pick your poison there. I’m going to embed it in FB form here:
You can see pretty clearly what happened. There’s an 18-wheeler heading one direction on a two-lane road and our Mr. Plow headed the other way. Behind the 18-wheeler is a Subaru WRX and, as the video begins, the WRX is already about halfway through passing the big truck.
Either because the driver didn’t see the massive yellow plow or saw it too late, the driver decides the best course of action isn’t to slam on the brakes but to try and to Colin McRae themselves out of the way. Obviously, that doesn’t work as the WRX is mid-slide while the plow is attempting to brake. While the WRX almost pulls it off, almost is a pretty dangerous place to be.
Twitter user Erik Ghirarduzzi happened to be passing by the accident, which he says occurred in the Adirondacks between Inlet, New York and Blue Mountain. It looks like the crash probably occurred on State Route 28, but I’m not 100% sure.
So what happened to the Subaru? Erik got a picture of that as well. It’s not pretty:
Yeah, that’s half a Subaru where a whole Subaru used to be. The driver of the car is extremely lucky to escape unharmed and even more lucky that no one was in the back seat because it’s hard to believe anyone surviving back there.
It’s hard to say for sure what the driver should have done in this situation because there’s so little room and the roads are covered in snow. It’s possible the driver could have tried to brake and duck back behind the 18-wheeler, but that’s assuming there was enough time to make that maneuver work. At the same time, Just braking slowly in a straight line might have reduced the speed, but that’s a hard call to make while staring down a plow, which is basically a scooped blade.
Obviously, the right choice was just to not make a blind pass of an 18-wheeler just because your car is a very capable snow machine. You can’t outrun physics and, clearly, you can’t outrun the snow plow’s blade.
H/T to JCat on the Autopian Discord
Photos: Erik Ghiraduzzi and NYS DOT