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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/19/2011

Why not to drive downhill on ice

By Jason Samenow

This video is from just south of downtown Pittsburgh Tuesday morning...

Video description: "Conditions were extremely treacherous on Fallowfield Avenue in Beechview, Pa. after an overnight mix of snow and rain caused ice to form."

By Jason Samenow  | January 19, 2011; 10:00 AM ET
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Penguins fans...

Posted by: Langway4Eva | January 19, 2011 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Good grief...amazing that anyone would try to drive in those conditions. It was especially distressing to see the children hop out of the car and into that street. I wonder if they were strapped in properly to begin with.

Posted by: lisajulia | January 19, 2011 10:39 AM | Report abuse

@lisajulia: It's pretty clear that the parents of those kids were getting them out of the car so that they wouldn't be injured by the next car that came sliding down the hill toward them. Very scary scene.

Posted by: JennX_ | January 19, 2011 10:56 AM | Report abuse

But I have 4 wheel drive.......

Posted by: Flyover_Country | January 19, 2011 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I love it--let's keep filming instead of going to top of hill to post a sign of some sort.

Posted by: ah___ | January 19, 2011 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Ony thing that works on ice is studs and even that is iffy. Problem is most folks beleive that all season tires work in all seasons. They dont. We refer to them as No seasons becuase even their dry and wet weather performance is compromised in the Spring and Summer. All Terrain tires are not much better. Winter tires or snow tires have tread compounds designed to function best at 40 degrees or below. Winter tires by Michelin, Nokia, Bridgestone, and Vredstein. Many have tread compounds and treads designed to give you some ability to drive on ice but not much. On road surfaces covered with freezing rain or sleet unless you have studs stay home. Chains are worthless on ice. 4wd and AWD only work in when starting off and in a straight line. Your traction control, ABS, and stability control are worthless on ice in many cases.
Slow down, do not follow to close and make smooth inputs to the steering, brakes and lod pedal and you shoudl get home. And most important get off your #$@* cell or PDA and stop texting bad weather. Both hands on the steering wheel and your full time and attention. Unless you really ahve to get somewhere and that isnt going to Starbucks stay off the roads if they are icy! MoronS!

Posted by: sheepherder | January 19, 2011 11:27 AM | Report abuse

A more amusing and less disastertastic video featuring cars on a hill in winter weather:

From Portland, OR, where there are lots of hills, but not often much snow or ice.

Posted by: megamuphen | January 19, 2011 11:46 AM | Report abuse


How far from the top of the hill do you think the cameraman's position was? Looks like quite a ways to me. Even if it wasn't, there's no way I would walk up that hill, on ice, with cars sliding down at me.

Call 911 and film away.

Posted by: AsymptoticUnlimited | January 19, 2011 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Fricking Idiots!!! Fortunately no one gut hurt especially the kids.

Why risk life and limb driving in such treacherous conditions? When the roads are coated with snow and ice stay home unless it's an emergency!

Geezus christ, man!

Posted by: montana123 | January 19, 2011 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Typical Steelers fan.

Posted by: bdeco | January 19, 2011 7:19 PM | Report abuse

"Typical Steelers fan."
Posted by: bdeco | January 19, 2011 7:19 PM

I believe you mis-spoke. Didn't you mean Penguins fan?

Posted by: Wiley_One1 | January 19, 2011 9:28 PM | Report abuse

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