I LOVE my all wheel drive. But sometimes I have to really remind myself that just because I have all wheel drive doesn't mean I'm invincible.
A few nights ago I was heading to my girlfriend's house and the snow was coming down. When it snows over here in Germany we never really get that much accumulation...we more or less get a couple inches over the course of 3 days or so. However, this particular night, it was building up fast, and I quickly found myself driving through about 2 inches of wet, icy snow. Very dangerous. To get to her house I've gotta drive up a long and steep hill, crest the top, then go part-way down the other side on a downgrade which isn't as steep as the upgrade, but much longer. I went up the hill no problem. I might've been a little harder on the gas than I should have been, but I really didn't wanna get stuck. When I went over the top and started heading down, I ran into BIG problems. To get into this neighborhood of hers I had to get into a middle-of-the-road turn lane and make a left turn. The main lanes going in both directions were relatively clear, but i noticed that the middle lane was pretty much covered. I guess I didn't slow down nearly enough as I should have, so when I pulled into that middle lane I immediately felt my car starting to go. I was full on the brakes, ABS screaming at me, hard downshifting from thrid to second to try and slow myself down, but I got nothing. The WRX was almost completely sideways when I glided past the road I was originally aiming for, popped the curb and jumped onto the sidewalk 6 inches away on both sides from a decent-sized tree and a light post. FML.
I came that close to hurting my baby. That sucked. Never again.