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So im just going to continue the stereotype here that californians can't drive in the snow. I have always had my old man drive me up to tahoe, and in college up here at WSU i never had a car so always rode with friends. So in the interests of keeping all NS'ers safe this winter driving on shitty mountain roads i think we should have a tip list to driving in the snow/ice.
-Pump brakes to slow down gradually, or shift down if in a manual
Over here it's a requirement to have at least two couple hour sessions of supervised slippery/ice track driving before you get your permanent license. It really helps to understand how the swing weight affects your maneuverability when avoiding things.
In Norway you wont survive if you can't drive on snow. I make it up some pretty damn steep mountain roads in my old beat up mazda 626 from 1990 with bad snow tires. Its all about not making any sudden moves, and you're good.
Don't have too much experience, but driving a taxi to the hospital near Stryn was a horrific ordeal; the taxi driver lady was just chatting shit up and actually looking at the sweet granny riding shotgun while going 70+ km/h into balls-to-the-wall hairline turns. Some of the craziest adrenaline rushes in my life.
anticipate. be prepared for what could happen, even if it isn't happening. nothing worse than suddenly sliding out of control and being completely caught off guard.
really the best way to learn is wait til a decent snow storm, then find a big empty parking lot, no other cars or light poles, and slide around. Put yourself into bad situations and learn how to get out of them without risking hitting something, going off the road, and so on.
advice is good, but when you're sliding down the road sideways, the last thing you'll be thinking is "now what did NS say do to do about this, now?"
Haha female taxidrivers in norway probably drives better than most americans on snow. sorry, but it's true. They're all driving rwd mercedes' with bold tires, and they still get me home somewhat safe every weekend.
what do you mean by pump the breaks? just be gradual with them, and if your wheels lock up, ease off quickly, but just a bit, and then apply pressure again. This only really applys to an emergency situation because most of the time you should be slowing down gradually enough that you don't come near to locking your wheels.
Also sometimes gas is better than breaks
And the most important is always make sure to bust a big old 360 when you finally make it to the parking lot
1. Do not try to drift in ANYWHERE other than a big parking lot. This year i tried to drift on a thin road and ended up in a ditch. I got out of the ditch and then proceeded to drive up to the parking lot, where my car slipped and hit another car.
2. Overall, don't drive too fast. You will regret it.
3. Get snow tires. They use em in vermont all the time, so they should be used in the rest of the northeast.
Snow and ice take regular vehicle mechanics and exaggerate them at slower speeds. The trick is recognizing this and adjusting your speed and following distances accordingly based on the traction that you have available to you. Most people fail at recognizing how much traction is available to them.
Snow tires increase traction on snow and ice by as much as 40-50% and can be purchased for less than the cost of your insurance deductable. If they save you from an accident once in the 2-3 winters that they will last, they are worth the money spent. If you don't get into an accident, you either saved the cost of your insurance deductable, or just saved time and headache.
As fujarome mentioned, next snowfall, get your ass over to a snow covered, empty lot with nothing that can be run into and feel how the car reacts in certain situations. Spend some time doing slides and recovering from them. Spend time taking a turn and hitting the brake midturn and see how this effects vehicle control. You will learn the vehicles limits, as well as learn how to react in certain situations. These actions need to become an automatic reaction. If you have to think of what to do in a situation where you are sliding, it is too late.