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2008-02-13 13:18:31
any tips on driving in this snow
? lol I was on my home from work last night and couldn't make it up a hill in my p10 so I had to hit a 180 and take a 4 min detour......i don't have no winter wheels...figured we were done with snow lol guess not..so anyone got anytips....which gears to stay and **** I was revvin like a bat outtttta helll
2008-02-13 13:56:23
Go faster into the hill =) naw j.k don't do that. I'm in miami we don't have snow :'(
2008-02-13 13:59:51
dont drive hahaha
2008-02-13 14:05:52
slow and steady! Don't rev it. Once you slip your done, you will never get traction back unless you spin the tires until you melt the snow and dry the ground. If you don't have good tires it's not going to matter. A good set of tires and you will feel like your driving on dry pavement! A trick I do is to put it in a higher gear. So if I would normally be in third, I put it in fourth. Reason for this is less chance for the tires to break traction.
2008-02-13 14:15:57
Just floor it (j/k)

Best advice is to get a good set of winter tires, and once you start going up the hill, keep your right foot exactly where it's at until you make it up. Not any higher, not any lower. It may take a long time, but you'll eventually make it.
2008-02-13 14:27:37
I drove last night in the snow, im from Miami. I actually have a parking spot in my house but its on a strong incline and when I back out im on another incline in the other direction. I backed out slowly (holding the e-brake a lil) and drove off, but it took me 3 tries to park it, I couldnt get up the parking hill in front of the house, and the car would slide sideways so I would just back it up, so then I threw it in first, came in with more inertia, spun a lil and got it up.

Im from South Florida too lol
2008-02-13 14:46:09
If you are having trouble climbing a snowy incline try quickly sawing the wheel back about one full turn each way and forth, that usually gets you more traction. As a last resort I'd had success backing up hills that I couldn't make it up going forward.

Stopping requires much more distance than you are used to on flat ground and MUCH more time when going downhill. Your car is going to exaggerate its normal handling characteristics in the low traction conditions. For instance if your car is set up to minimize under steer in the dry then expect it to be pretty tail happy in the snow. Things like lifting off the throttle on low speed corners in the dry with no effect can turn into unexpected spins in the snow so be careful.

If you are about to hit something head on because you can't stop, pull your e-brake and crank the wheel to spin the car. This will dissipate a lot of your forward energy and there is a good chance that you will stop before hitting whatever it is thats in your path. This method has same my bacon many, many times in the past.

Finally, don't drive on bald tires or performance tires as thats asking for trouble. Use all seasons at a minimum and snow tires are best. Before you say you can't afford new tires let me ask this: Can you afford to buy a new car to replace the one you just wrecked in the snow?

Good luck!
2008-02-13 14:48:36
^someone needs to take his own advice Mr. "I drove home from Rochester on Sunday in the blinding snow on my 40 series watchamacallits."

2008-02-13 14:57:29
Hey they are M + S rated and really not that bad as we didn't get stuck in the 5" of snow on the ground when we got off the highway in Edinboro.

2008-02-13 15:10:03
From personal experience, I know for a fact that cheap winter tires are still better than very good 4-seasons.
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