We finalized some Christmas shopping Saturday night at about 5 or 6 pm. It was not snowing. We emerged from a completely insane trip to a nature store (insane, as in I am now the proud owner of a Gandalf staff) to a blizzard. It was then we found that the new Honda Fit is not Fit for foul weather.
Bear in mind, Gary and I are both daredevils when it comes to snow driving. For example, we never shovel our driveway. If it's twenty inches and children come by to shovel it, we will let them, but if it's only a foot then we just barrel over it. We barrel over the stuff the street plow leaves at the edge too. Remember, we buy tiny cars. They are like the squirrels, they can leap over the snow crust and the tire tracks barely dent the surface.
So, when we saw the snow we figured we would just fishtail across the parking lot and blast through any snowdrifts that were in our way and head home after a few more stops. This is not to suggest we drive so foolishly when other people are around. When we got on the road we crept behind everyone else, then braked carefully at the stoplight.
The Fit, however, continued on through the stoplight. We screamed loudly enough for the other cars to hear us and so survived. We were still discussing it when we braked at the next stoplight. I think the other drivers noticed our wild body language this time as again the Fit slid through the stoplight.
We then decided to get our asses home. Unfortunately, the car took five minutes to get up the first gentle incline. Gary had it floored and if we had made contact at any point we would be in orbit right now. We cheered at the top of the hill and turned into the Nissan dealer, where we made the unprecedented decision to abandon ship and call a taxi. That is, after the security guard literally shoved the Fit into a parking spot.
(And by the way, Saint Charles County cab is a fine taxicab company. The cabbie arrived promptly, and was gracious enough to pretend to have some difficulty driving and to tell us many helpful snow hints. For example, don't get on a service road in the snow because they are state maintained. It won't be salted or plowed. And, surprisingly, if you have an SUV it won't help you stop or turn in the snow, an SUV just helps you move forward. So you can be at top speed when you try to stop or turn.)
We recovered the Fit today and weighed it down with 150 pounds of sand, as the cab driver had suggested. What I don't understand is: the Fit is a big seller in Canada, where they have the sense to call it the Honda Jazz. Is it popular in the desert regions of Canada? Is that what that big area is north of Montreal?