As I plow through the slush of another Detroit winter, my mind drifts back to an early spring snowstorm last year.
And I wonder about the industry's revival of rear-wheel-drive cars.
On the morning I recall, I decided to stay off the freeways. Taking surface streets through the city, I fell in behind a guy driving a BMW 5 series.
It was a revealing experience. The 5 series, generally acclaimed as one of the finest-handling machines on the road, was having a terrible time negotiating the streets, which were slick with freshly fallen snow.
As it took off from stoplights, the Bimmer's rear end would slide out so that the car was nearly at a 45-degree angle from the lane, gradually righting itself 20 or 30 feet down the road. At one point, when trying to move forward from a standing start, it slowly slid sideways into the curb.
I gave it a wide berth. The last time I saw it, the 5 series still was moving in a more-or-less forward direction.