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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.
 

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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 !
 

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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.
 

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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............

 

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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!
 

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Hey ............at least we had blue sky that permitted us to do the following.............

 

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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.
 

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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............... :)
 

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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.
 

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Grumble

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

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It's coming soon...................Get ready !!!!

Readiness is everything...........
 

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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.
 

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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-VkvvjgY&feature=related :)
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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..........:mad:
 

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Nahhhhhhhhh the boards don't fit in the box............... :)
 

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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?
 
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