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Questions about snow driving/snow tires
Posted 30 July 2005 - 02:15 AM
Posted 30 July 2005 - 12:36 PM
I had an '88 GL-10 for many years here in Alaska. The only time I had any trouble is when I had the summer tires on when the snow first hit the ground. I did a 180 in the middle of the road. Fortunately, I didn't hit anything in the process.
Posted 29 November 2005 - 12:12 PM
1) Get good snow tires. They are what holds you to the road.
2) practice loosing control in a snow covered parking lot if you've never driven on snow before.
3) make sure you have weight over the rear wheels, and learn to use engine braking
4) test the road. The first thing I do after leaving my house in the winter and pulling out onto the road is get to what I think is a safe speed, then jam on the brakes to see exactly how much traction I really have (obviously with no other cars around, and somewhere safe to slide a bit). Often I decide to slow down a bit more.
5) watch out for other lunatics driving around and sliding into you in big SUV's with bald tires and too much horsepower.
6) don't be over confident, but don't panic either.
7) try to keep it in 2wd as long as possible. Then you always know you can put it in 4wd and get out when you get stuck. I don't always stick to this rule myself, but it's a good one.
8) Chains are more for low speed trudging through unplowed snow. Probably not needed if you are on plowed roads/highways. Subaru has a good 4wd system that usually doesn't let you down till you loose ground clearance. However --- practice putting chains on, and driving in some snow with them. That way if you do get stuck in a drift and need them, you aren't seeing them for the first time.
9) carry a small shovel. It sucks to use your hands to try to dig out.
Posted 01 December 2005 - 07:18 PM
they set me back $1K canadian...but they have a guarantee of 100,000km's.
i can't wait to hit the slopes this year....these tires take all the stress out of getting to the hill.
Posted 02 December 2005 - 02:43 AM
don't leave the jugs of water in the car
Posted 02 December 2005 - 02:03 PM
As everyone else is telling you, find a spot to figure out how it works and get used to it, so you don't have to find out the 'hard' way.
Posted 02 December 2005 - 03:27 PM
I see too many people out the that only scape a little strip right in front of the driver.
This is bad. You want to be able to watch out for other drivers from all sides.
Posted 23 January 2006 - 03:32 PM
So, really my point is, try driving a car that's terrible in the snow, you'll develop good emergency skills and become less cocky.
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