} Obviously you are new to sleigh and carriage driving. The main
} advantage over automotive transportation is that the horse has enough
} sense to go straight down the road, if it is obvious, and not to wander
} across a ditch or into a field. You need pay little attention, and can,
} under most circumstances, carry on a conversation with your passengers
} as easily as if you were driving your car down a sparsely travelled
} highway, or even more so. You will need to assume direct control at
} intersections or stoplights, and you'll have to take care not to "cut
} corners" by letting the horse turn too soon, dragging the sleigh or
} carriage into a ditch or wall as it follows more tightly in the turn
} than the horse did.
} It's hard to get lost. The range you can cover in a day is usually less
} than 100 miles, even changing horses, so if it's your own territory,
} you won't go beyond the roads you already know. If you do get lost, you
} need not roll down windows to shout at someone, "WHERE THE HECK ARE
} WE?" Instead, with the sleigh, you'll be so chilled that you'll gladly
} stop just about anywhere to warm up, and you can discuss your location
} with the innkeeper or convenience-store manager.
} The major difficulty in the cold is your hands. One holds the reins,
} the other the whip, and you hold them out in front of you, in the
} chilling wind. Yes, you have gloves, but your fingers still freeze. The
} horse chugs along merrily, sleighbells jingling, and needs only a bit
} of water from time to time and a nice pile of hay and maybe some oats
} at journey's end. You are hoping for a hot and strong drink.
} A sleigh going through the snow is almost totally silent, and thus you
} need the sleighbells to warn pedestrians that you are sneaking up on
} them. You could use the GPS for the same purpose, I suppose. If the
} bells all had fallen off and your larynx were frozen, you could warn a
} pedestrian in danger by throwing the GPS at his head. The ensuing light
} concussion (assuming he wore a lightweight hat) would cause him to take
} You owe the Oracle a trained carriage horse who can do a mile in two
} minutes forty seconds at the trot. "Two-forty for his speed."