St. Paul may be the seat of King Boreas, lord of wind and winter, but that doesn't stop Minneapolis drivers from becoming terrible drivers every time it snows.
Part of the problem, of course, is pure physics. Slippery roads can make for sliding cars. Sunday's snow
But what about the human factor? Could there be something that happens to local motorists that exacerbates the situation? That question piqued the curiosity of David Levinson, a University of Minnesota professor and blogger at Streets.MN.
Mining academic research on driver behavior, Levinson came up with a pithy—if quick-and-dirty—analysis of the issue.
"So I wouldn’t say we become bad drivers," he writes. "We are bad drivers, we just reveal it when the environment changes to the unexpected."