"Driving in the snow is performance
Not in terms of the original context
in which vertical seating position was mentioned, David. Let's go back
This isn't ice racing or rallying in the snow
we're talking about here and there are no clocks or performance
either, the objective being to get home
safely without personal or property damage, time notwithstanding.
We're talking about commuting home in
"mixed" (cars and trucks) heavy traffic
during contaminated conditions as one would find in snow and heavy rain
limited access highway...in this case,
RT 95 in the NYC Metro Area as an
Most certainly under such circumstances,
the relatively "high" seating position of an
SUV is a definite advantage in terms of
being able to see further ahead to make for smoother, more timely
adjustments for any changes in traffic flow, and most especially in
This has nothing to do with the vehicle's
center of gravity.
And in any event, whether I chose to sit
high or low (on "top of" or "within") my
Spridget makes no difference to the
vehicle's center of gravity.
However, It may make
a difference to MY PERSONAL CG
and thus, indirectly affect MY handling of the vehicle.....which I
think is what you are trying to say here?
With your modern SUV's, there is virtually
no road "feel" as we know it in our LBC's.
You are not "one with the road" in most
of these contraptions. Quite the
opposite...you are "isolated" from it, relatively speaking. Maybe that's
why these vehicle's so easily roll over given
their relatively high CG's (by design)
combined with "effortless" (no "feel)
power steering and brakes (the infamous
turn and brake "avoidance" maneuver which quickly sends most SUV's end
over end so easily and rapidly).
The Humvee (which I have driven) is an
exception to the foregoing, by design.
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