quote:Stability control and traction control might seem to be very similar, but actually are quite different.
The point I was trying to make is that traction control does help improve the stability, as it will assist in preventing loss of control in the first place, caused by wheel slippage, particularly if you have awd. As mentioned, stability control is really just a more comprehensive form of traction control. Right you are that stability control has additional sensors monitoring the overall track of the vehicle. But it's good that these systems are being implemented into new vehicles, as they will help prevent needless accidents.
quote:My own experience is that the slick surface snowplows can leave in some conditions is more slippery than black ice.
I've experience the slick surface snowplows on the Diamond Head Road, when you get out of your vehicle on a slope and begin sliding down, thinking you're not going to stop till you get to Squamish. But I've also experienced stretches of black ice where it was difficult to walk across on a flat section of road.
quote: Isn't technology wonderful? It all comes down to driving as if you want to live till you are 90 and realize you might as well enjoy the view at a lesser speed. Speed does not kill, over confidence does.
That is true, however, our highways are not always maintained well in winter. You can be driving along a highway for hundreds of kilometers on bare pavement, and then suddenly encounter a stretch of black ice that's not visible, which can be difficult to navigate in speeds much lower than those posted. In many cases it's aggressive drivers to blame, but sudden changes in road conditions are also a factor for even cautious drivers! That is where technology can help.