Here’s a video of a Minnesota driver doing Minnesota driver things

There’s so much packed into this video released this afternoon by the Minnesota State Patrol that we hardly know where to start.

It’s raining in parts of Minnesota. Combine that with plunging temperatures and roads could turn into skating rinks. That means SLOW DOWN. You don’t want to be the person in this video.

Posted by Minnesota State Patrol on Thursday, December 27, 2018

First, there’s the obvious lack of talent in driving in slippery conditions. Second, who passes a State Patrol vehicle on the highway? We assume this was from the dash of a patrol car since it’s clear the trooper slowed down to see if things were OK. [Update: State Patrol confirms it was a dashcam]

Third, the minivan driver had no such interest. Fourth, the minivan driver learned nothing from the lesson taught to the truck driver.

Comments attached to any bad driving videos are always good reading. So, read away!

Unless you’re driving, of course.

  • >>the minivan driver had no such interest<<

    Minivan driver must have been using the Motor Racing credo of avoiding spin-outs: "Aim at the place they were and you'll miss them."

  • When I was still working and doing the commuting thing, I’d frequently see this happen, mostly to urban cowboys driving big pick-em-ups and SUVs.

    • I take no pride at all in the fleeting thought I have that it would be cool to see them down in the ditch down the road.

      • Instant karma

      • wjc

        Don’t worry. I’m sure many of us have had the same thought.

      • ss396

        And then you’d feel obliged to pull over and see if you could help them – which can get cold and wet and nasty and make you late for whatever purpose you were out there for in the first place.

        But helping some dumb schmuck out of his predicament is pretty cool, too.

    • jon

      It’s weird the number of people who drive trucks in MN because of the snow and ice when Pickup trucks are probably the worst vehicles for snow and ice…

      You’ve got the high center of gravity that turns a spin in a lower car into a roll over in a truck.
      You’ve got the lack of weight in the rear end (or worse the wrongly positioned weight because you just tossed some sand bags in the back).
      And if you are unlucky enough to have 2wd it’s probably the back to wheels, with no weight on them…. if you are lucky enough to have 4wd it’s usually only good for making all 4 wheels spin ensuring you have no control on the drive or the steering wheels…
      And then you’ve got the over sized motors which makes it that much easier to spin the tires…
      And then people put off roading mud tires on them and expect those are the same as snow tires…

      Best car for ice and snow is low enough to not roll when it slides (and preferable keep the suspension set on all 4 wheels) has all wheel drive, and a relatively even weight distribution… (hatch backs and station wagons fit the bill surprisingly well) and snow tires never hurt….

      • I agree with all your points here! But I’d like to add that, while hatchbacks and station wagons are damn good snow cars (FWD ones especially, and manual transmission too in my humble amateur opinion), there is a certain advantage to a higher carriage when there is accumulating snow.

        • Barton

          that is a good point. I had always had smaller cars (Honda Civics, as an example) until one winter when I couldn’t see over ANY of the snow berms – I was frequently scared to pull out of my alley or make turns anywhere because I couldn’t see what was coming. I went with a higher vehicle for the next one (but a station wagon type), and of course we haven’t had any super snowy winters since. (still cannot see around Suburbans and other massive for no reason vehicles in parking lots)

  • boB from WA

    Lack of talent ? I don’t know. At least he tried to turn into the skid which is what you’re supposed to do. And he did bring the truck to a safe stop without hitting or damaging anything (except maybe his/her ego)

    • jon

      they turned into the skid… over corrected (on the far shoulder easy to do in a pickup) then turned back into the over correction, at that point they became a passenger and didn’t hit anything only because there was nothing in their way at the time… they had no control at that point… (wheels stay turned through out the spin out…)

  • Mike Worcester

    I followed the link and the top vid on the patrol’s FB page was from last night of a semi side-swiping a cruiser because they were riding too close behind. They drove off.

    Then I scrolled down and saw the vid referenced in the post. One made me cringe, the other made me shake my head.

  • Willie Vogt

    I like to remember that physics always wins…slower, steadier is not a bad thing. I don’t really fear winter driving I just fear winter drivers.

  • JamieHX

    This is not exactly on-topic, but I want to say that I have a lot of respect and admiration for the State Patrol because of the job they do (being out and about with the likes of these drivers) and because of a couple encounters I’ve had with them.
    Reading about the passing of a state patrol car reminded me of this: I was driving on I-494 once (dry road) through Richfield or whatever comes next to the west, and I was speeding — about 75 mph or so (I think the limit is 60 there). Even with freeway-volume Mozart on, I could hear the apparently powerful state patrol car accelerating and approaching from behind me in the next lane over. I saw the front of the maroon car in my peripheral vision (kind of afraid to turn my head to look!). He or she matched my speed and just stayed there while I slowly eased up on the accelerator and got down to 60-ish. Then s/he cut away and exited soon after that. I thought that was very magnanimous. Or they didn’t have time to actually stop me and give me a ticket.
    In the other encounter, I was actually stopped for speeding and the officer showed a lot generosity of spirit. He just talked to me about what the heck was so important that I had to speed, and we ended up chatting about his looming retirement and other happier things, and ended with a warm handshake. I assume he had seen that I have a spotless record; otherwise I suppose I’d have gotten a ticket.

  • BillClitone

    I always thought it humorous that people would not pass a police vehicle going slow on a highway. I do it all the time.

  • Myiq2xu

    Driver’s statement to cop: “I meant to do that.”

  • Bennie Sprouse

    One of the comments made by most Northerners to us Southerners is “you all don’t know how to drive in snow”! BIG difference between snow and ICE! We usually get sleet (tiny frozen ball bearings), freezing rain, and then some wet snow. I’m 66 and have lived in the South all my life (so far) and have only seen snow blow across the road here twice! I tell all those “former” Northerners to get out there on our ice and show me how it’s done – looks like MN ice is about as bad!

    • South gets a total pass from me on driving in snow. Just as northerners don’t know humidity.

  • Tyler

    Truck = all seasons. Van = snow tires?