Let me start by saying that this is hardly a Defender Story. I have no doubt that the Defender could have made this drive. I have driven the Defender LOTS of times in the snow. But……...The kids love the Defender, and it is full of too many car seats for this drive. Plus, my wife might not have enjoyed the limited heat and comfort the Defender would have offered…...Or me having to keep pulling over to wipe off the snow build up on the vertical windshield
So we also have a 2012 Subaru Outback……….and I am continuing to like Subaru more and more. Here is a message I just posted on my Subaru Outback chat Forum - that I thought some of you would like to read.
On March 17th our third child was born - a beautiful baby Girl. Baby and Mother are healthy and happy - and my two sons (age 7 and 5) are excited as well. It is a magical time!
NOW I am a bigger believer than ever of the Outback's ability in the Snow. They were calling for a storm on Sunday night. All day Sunday my wife had no real signs of labor - but we joked around about how ironic it would be if we ended up driving to the hospital at 3:00 AM, in the middle of the Snowstorm.
Well……..we ended up leaving for the hospital at 3:00 AM in the worst part of the storm. This was not a huge storm - and there were only probably 4-5 inches out there when we left. The problem was it was snowing so hard…..
First we had to get up our long, steep hill to the street without shoveling. No problem. Then out our unplowed street, and work our way to the main roads. No problem. I figured we then had it made - because the main roads would not be that bad.
The problem was that there was NO ONE on the main roads. We sometimes passed a plow on the side of the road, or a police car, or a car that had spun off the road - but for the most part there was no traffic either direction. And there was stretches on this 2 lane, divided highway without overhead lights.
Our view looked like in Star Wars when you go into Light speed. Mesmerizing. When your car is providing the only light - it is hard to see in that much snow. One of my sisters was with us - and with 3 pairs of eyes, we followed the road.
Sometimes there was a pair of tire tracks to follow. Sometimes it was a blanket of white. In those cases it was hard to tell when the road was slightly bending because you could not distinguish what was the road, shoulder, or grass.
What is usually a 30 minute drive took us over an hour. We drove at speeds around 35 +/- mph. The one thing that we DID NOT have to worry about was the SUBARU. It gave so much confidence, and feeling of stability, that it surely helped me not panic during that drive. We love the car even more now!
Our little girl was born at 8:23 AM. We could not have waited until morning after the storm to go to the hospital.
Thank you Subaru! (do I sound like a classic Subaru commercial now?)
I am sure it will not be long before my new daughter falls in love with the Defender as my sons have!