Outdoor Girl wrote:
"It is also a myth that 4WD/AWD is better while driving in snow or on ice. It helps you get going from a stop but it doesn't help at all with steering or stopping - it reacts just like a FWD once you are moving."
All wheel drive will make the car more controllable in certain conditions, and one of those conditions is driving in unplowed snow (the others are things like sand or loose mud, but I figure if you're mudding you already know more about handling your vehicle than the average commuter). No drive train is better than any other at stopping, though, and I agree that it's easy to let yourself get overconfident when you step on the gas in the vehicle goes when the cars around you are having trouble getting started.
"I heard on the radio on the way home that a stretch of highway just north of me was experiencing near whiteout conditions due to blowing snow and there was a vehicle that had rolled. I'm willing to bet it was an SUV."
This isn't just because SUV drivers are worse at driving, it's due to the vehicle. In exactly the same accident, an SUV is more likely to overturn than a regular car because it's got a higher center of gravity. I've seen plenty of sedans slid off into the snowbanks when the weather turns. Still, your advice to drive for the road condition, no matter what you're driving, is very wise and I wish more people would follow it.