I live in Washington State, west of the mountains and we have not had snow. We usually get at least one minor, 1 to 3 inches, of snow per year.
Drivers go crazy around here during snow. 2 inches of snow around here means school closures, cars stuck on the freeway, cars in ditches, people calling in sick. Everybody drives SUV's but still drive into ditches.
Lack of adequate snow removal equipment and lack of snow driving experience is probably the reason for the mishaps.
Every 5 to 10 years, we get a big one - 8 to 12 inches woo-hoo! People abandon cars everywhere and school can be out for a week.