Rutpuddles happen when the car-width ruts in the road created by the grinding of studded snow tires fill up with water. Alaska roads are notorious for this driving hazard which can cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle due to hydroplaning.
On my way to work this morning, I hit a deep rutpuddle and lost control of my car; hit a moose, and then slammed into the back of Sarah Palin's Suburban! Damn, she's fine!
by markishmark September 10, 2008