Post Winter Driving Tips - Jeep Compass Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
post #1 of 23 Old 07-30-2009, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
CompassLimited's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Brentwood, TN
Posts: 348
 
Exclamation Post Winter Driving Tips

Winter Driving Tips
Come on you know you have some.

Looks like many of the people in these forums live several hundred miles north of my Nashville TN cabin.

Wonder if you would share some winter driving tips with us.

I have two tips. The first one stems from a TV interview with a woman who managed to total three parked cars. She stated and I quote, "I don't know why I crashed the ice didn't look thick."

Black ice the bane of the mid south. It looks like the roadway is just wet but in fact it is a sheet of thin ice that would make a Zamboni driver green with envy. Glare ice forms often just after a rain when temperature drops below freezing. Bridges usually freeze first.

This has a two part answer.
To detect black ice takes an awareness with your ears. Turn off the radio and listen. If you are driving on pavement that is wet and shiny and you hear what sounds like a wet road you are probably ok. If suddenly that wet sound goes away and the road still looks wet chances are you are on glare ice. This is about the slickest surface you will find on a road and unless you pay attention you will not even know you are on it.

Do as little as possible. try to distance yourself from the cars around you. Ease off the gas to slow down. Don't touch the brakes you are guaranteed a skid if you do. Make lots of tiny steering inputs; if you turn the wheel sharply while on glare ice it is almost unrecoverable.

Here in Nashville our winter news programs are filled with crashes when we get a half inch of snow. We close the schools if we think it's going to snow. OK Maple leaf types stop laughing now.

Most people know about steering into a skid. (well in the south those of us who used to live in Chicago do) Did you know there may come a time to steer away from an impact point while in a skid?

It is kind of hard to do with ABS brakes but if you can lock up the front wheels so that your skid is taking you directly toward that parked police car. Steer slightly away from your perceived point of impact then let off the brakes totally; the car will suddenly gain enough traction to leap away from your point of impact.

The wheels start turning and you regain control. I have watched people do slides of a hundred yards with brakes locked. If they had just let off the brake for a moment they could have steered away from a crash. This is why anti lock brakes allow the wheels to keep turning.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Jeep is a way of life, not just transportation.

Last edited by CompassLimited; 07-31-2009 at 09:36 PM. Reason: proof reading
CompassLimited is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 23 Old 08-01-2009, 03:04 PM
Super Moderator
 
Feel for life's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Montreal area.....
Posts: 849
 
yeah but we are in August for now...........let's enjoy the sun and warmth and we will think of the white stuff a bit later on ................please !

Life is short, Break the rules,
Forgive quickly, Love truly,
Laugh uncontrollably...
Never regret anything that made you smile!
Have a wonderful day!

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Feel for life is offline  
post #3 of 23 Old 08-02-2009, 04:17 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
CompassLimited's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Brentwood, TN
Posts: 348
 
Went in a store a few days ago and saw that they had two lanes of nothing but Christmas decor on sale. Plus it's stuck on 85 and 90 degrees here. I'm dreaming of white stuff already. Sorry to my more nothern friends.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Jeep is a way of life, not just transportation.
CompassLimited is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 23 Old 08-02-2009, 01:48 PM
Super Moderator
 
Feel for life's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Montreal area.....
Posts: 849
 
No problem...............but you know one thing............it will come soon enough !!!!!

Just to give you an idea on whay was there last year..........no wonder I took the Compass 4X4............


Life is short, Break the rules,
Forgive quickly, Love truly,
Laugh uncontrollably...
Never regret anything that made you smile!
Have a wonderful day!

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Feel for life is offline  
post #5 of 23 Old 08-06-2009, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
CompassLimited's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Brentwood, TN
Posts: 348
 
FfL I took the tropical beach background off my computer and replaced it with your above photo. I think the temp. dropped 5 degrees in my computer room. Thanks!


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Jeep is a way of life, not just transportation.
CompassLimited is offline  
post #6 of 23 Old 08-07-2009, 12:28 AM
Super Moderator
 
Feel for life's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Montreal area.....
Posts: 849
 
Hey ............at least we had blue sky that permitted us to do the following.............


Life is short, Break the rules,
Forgive quickly, Love truly,
Laugh uncontrollably...
Never regret anything that made you smile!
Have a wonderful day!

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Feel for life is offline  
post #7 of 23 Old 10-15-2009, 04:03 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
CompassLimited's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Brentwood, TN
Posts: 348
 
Well the temp is dropping even here in the south. If all the rain we have had lately had been snow my front yard would have looked like post #4 in this thread.

I have lived in both Chicago and South Dakota and I do have sympathy for my Canadian friends.

Hope you manage to stay warm and safe during the coming season.

We have a saying here in the south, "If life hands you lemons make lemonade."
Hope you get to make some snowmen and see some joy this winter.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Jeep is a way of life, not just transportation.

Last edited by CompassLimited; 10-15-2009 at 04:05 AM.
CompassLimited is offline  
post #8 of 23 Old 10-15-2009, 04:07 PM
Super Moderator
 
Feel for life's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Montreal area.....
Posts: 849
 
No sympathy needed.............just creativity to enjoy the winter and......

Trust me we will..........we already are looking forward to some serious skiing ahead, beautiful long walks on a cold night with the wife...........plus the Compass will be ready to face it all...........can't wait the get this
4X 4 in some snow............life couldn't be better...............

Life is short, Break the rules,
Forgive quickly, Love truly,
Laugh uncontrollably...
Never regret anything that made you smile!
Have a wonderful day!

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Feel for life is offline  
post #9 of 23 Old 10-15-2009, 11:14 PM
Senior Member
 
smokey01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Regina, SK
Posts: 381
 
Garage
My tip for winter driving: if it's snowing wet snow open the window and feel the back of your rear view mirror, if it's wet you're ok, if it's icy then the road is icy. Learned that when driving semi, it's saved me a few times.

FFL, I had guys at work laughing at me as I 4X4'd around the parking lot and around the cars stuck in it, up the ramps the cars slid down. It's great fun. Can't wait to do it again this year.

2009 Jeep Compass North 4X4, Sunburst Orange

Everyday as a child i used to pray to God to give me a jeep. After a couple of years i realized that God did not work that way. So i stole a jeep and asked for HIS forgiveness
smokey01 is offline  
post #10 of 23 Old 10-16-2009, 12:49 AM
Senior Member
 
i2canoe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Montreal, Canada
Posts: 656
 
Garage
Grumble

Grumble, grumble, grumble . . . made an appointment for Saturday morning to get the winter wheels on . . . ugh!

Loved
my 2007 Compass 5-Speed, Limited!

{BUT NOW SOOO IN LOVE WITH MY NEW CRUSH WRANGLER!}
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

-[OIIIIIIO]-

"No man should go through life without once experiencing healthy, even bored solitude in the wilderness, finding himself depending solely on himself and thereby learning his true and hidden strength."
~Jack Kerouac


“Everybody must believe in something. I believe I'll go canoeing.”
-Henry David Thoreau

i2canoe is offline  
post #11 of 23 Old 10-16-2009, 01:18 PM
Super Moderator
 
Feel for life's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Montreal area.....
Posts: 849
 
It's coming soon...................Get ready !!!!

Readiness is everything...........

Life is short, Break the rules,
Forgive quickly, Love truly,
Laugh uncontrollably...
Never regret anything that made you smile!
Have a wonderful day!

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Feel for life is offline  
post #12 of 23 Old 10-17-2009, 02:16 PM
Senior Member
 
Lunch Box's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Maryland
Posts: 169
 
Pennsylvania just got 5 inches of snow, and I'm just one state under it. I bought for extra rims when I bought my Jeep, so I'll be putting on the snows reeeal soon.

Run from me if you want to live.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

2008 Jeep Compass Limited 4x4 (4x4 all the way baby!)
Lunch Box is offline  
post #13 of 23 Old 10-21-2009, 06:11 PM
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 34
 
Cool

We've already seen a snow fall this year. Happened a few weeks ago, but luckily melted a day or so later.

I'll share my tips, although I expect most should know this if they possess a valid driver's license.

First tip: Get 4x4. FWD did a fine job for me (9 years) but man, now that I have 4x4 I'm not sure I'll ever go back.

Second: If you have ESP in your MK, keep it on! That system really works, and does an excellent job at keeping the vehicle straight on the road. I've turned it off just for fun, and you forget quickly how easy it is to fishtail around a corner. While that's fun here and there, it's also a danger of losing control.

Third: 4x4 does not mean you can stop faster! Keep your following distance to the car ahead of you about twice as much as you'd normally do when there's nothing on the road. Ice, loose snow, or even the sand on the road can increase your stopping distance.

Fourth: If it's snowing and visibility is minimized, reduce your speed. This is probably a more obvious one to those on this forum who rarely see snow - since I'm sure said people experience rain and fog.

Fifth: An investment in winter tires is not a waste! I have yet to do this to be honest. But many of my friends have them, and they will swear by them, just as I do now about 4x4. You'll still have to use the same tips that I've mentioned above, but they'll reduce that risk of traction loss by a great margin.

Follow all these tips and you may prevent being caught in this situation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwx-V...eature=related

Last edited by Knightfall; 10-21-2009 at 06:14 PM.
Knightfall is offline  
post #14 of 23 Old 10-22-2009, 01:06 AM
Senior Member
 
Lunch Box's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Maryland
Posts: 169
 
Here's a tip you might not expect: when snow is falling at night, turning your brights on will actually make it harder to see because of how reflective snow is, hence the term snow-blind. On a more random note, if I was in that beamer that hit that service truck, I would shank the driver of that truck for being an idiot.

Run from me if you want to live.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

2008 Jeep Compass Limited 4x4 (4x4 all the way baby!)
Lunch Box is offline  
post #15 of 23 Old 10-22-2009, 04:58 AM
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 39
 
I got nothing to worry about, no snow for me
Compassed is offline  
post #16 of 23 Old 10-26-2009, 06:29 PM
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 34
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lunch Box View Post
Here's a tip you might not expect: when snow is falling at night, turning your brights on will actually make it harder to see because of how reflective snow is, hence the term snow-blind.
Good call. Same goes for fog too actually. During my last drive through some thick fog, and out of the city, I pulled the e-brake up one click to turn off my daytime running lights and just have the fog lights on. I could ironically see even further, even though it gave the illusion of being darker.
Knightfall is offline  
post #17 of 23 Old 11-02-2009, 11:42 PM
Super Moderator
 
Feel for life's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Montreal area.....
Posts: 849
 
Here she looks with her winter boots on .........and ready to hit the slopes..................ok where is white stuff now ?????



It was raining hard last saturday..........

Life is short, Break the rules,
Forgive quickly, Love truly,
Laugh uncontrollably...
Never regret anything that made you smile!
Have a wonderful day!

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Feel for life is offline  
post #18 of 23 Old 11-03-2009, 01:55 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
CompassLimited's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Brentwood, TN
Posts: 348
 
Looks like your ready for the beach to me. Hope ya packed your suntan lotion. Or at least have an umbrella.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Jeep is a way of life, not just transportation.
CompassLimited is offline  
post #19 of 23 Old 11-03-2009, 03:31 PM
Super Moderator
 
Feel for life's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Montreal area.....
Posts: 849
 
Nahhhhhhhhh the boards don't fit in the box...............

Life is short, Break the rules,
Forgive quickly, Love truly,
Laugh uncontrollably...
Never regret anything that made you smile!
Have a wonderful day!

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Feel for life is offline  
post #20 of 23 Old 11-04-2009, 10:34 AM
Senior Member
 
i2canoe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Montreal, Canada
Posts: 656
 
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by Feel for life View Post
Nahhhhhhhhh the boards don't fit in the box...............
Ain't life a beach?
Is there enough space on the bars to mount the additional board carrying hardware next to the box?
Hay, how did you make out attaching the rack brackets to the roof rails.
I cannot seem to find the easy way to install or move the brackets.
You?

Loved
my 2007 Compass 5-Speed, Limited!

{BUT NOW SOOO IN LOVE WITH MY NEW CRUSH WRANGLER!}
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

-[OIIIIIIO]-

"No man should go through life without once experiencing healthy, even bored solitude in the wilderness, finding himself depending solely on himself and thereby learning his true and hidden strength."
~Jack Kerouac


“Everybody must believe in something. I believe I'll go canoeing.”
-Henry David Thoreau

i2canoe is offline  
post #21 of 23 Old 11-04-2009, 11:40 PM
Super Moderator
 
Feel for life's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Montreal area.....
Posts: 849
 
I2 this box is too wide to add additional brackets or hooks........as you can see in the picture below.

I know of some boxes that are not as wide and you can fit some anchors or brackets for either bikes and\or canoe I guess......

The problem with the cross rails (OEM by the way) is that do not move at all..........there are 4 slots only and I needed to poke a few holes in the box to adjust them perfectly....once well adjusted I don't see any problems...........they will definitely won't move or slide out of there.

I call at Rack Ultra just for fun and they charged close to $400 for Thule cross rails that fits on the Compass...........I paid these $200 from the dealer...........


Life is short, Break the rules,
Forgive quickly, Love truly,
Laugh uncontrollably...
Never regret anything that made you smile!
Have a wonderful day!

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Feel for life is offline  
post #22 of 23 Old 11-05-2009, 10:39 AM
Senior Member
 
i2canoe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Montreal, Canada
Posts: 656
 
Garage
You really got yourself set for winter, cap and boots.
OK, I see it really is too wide to carry boards on the side. that's a shame.
So far as the mounting goes:
Not only do you have to use the four unmovable slots to mount the rack, I find it darn tricky to fit the pieces in the slots. Just as hard to remove them, which I did for the first time since I had the car.
I miss them because it was much easier to find my car in parking lots with the rack on.
At least with Thule offering a set up now, the lack of available Mopar racks can be overcome.

Loved
my 2007 Compass 5-Speed, Limited!

{BUT NOW SOOO IN LOVE WITH MY NEW CRUSH WRANGLER!}
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

-[OIIIIIIO]-

"No man should go through life without once experiencing healthy, even bored solitude in the wilderness, finding himself depending solely on himself and thereby learning his true and hidden strength."
~Jack Kerouac


“Everybody must believe in something. I believe I'll go canoeing.”
-Henry David Thoreau

i2canoe is offline  
post #23 of 23 Old 11-05-2009, 02:44 PM
Super Moderator
 
Feel for life's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Montreal area.....
Posts: 849
 
They (Thule) need to be available as well..........which is not a certainty either !!!

They are as rare as the OEM ......

Life is short, Break the rules,
Forgive quickly, Love truly,
Laugh uncontrollably...
Never regret anything that made you smile!
Have a wonderful day!

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Feel for life is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Compass Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools Search this Thread
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome