All drivers be cautious when driving in the snow or ice, these vehicles are less likely to STOP due to the extra weight. AWD and 4X4 only means you do not have to put on chains in a R1 and R2 situation (But you must carry them). It also means when you do get stuck or do something stupid you have two extra tires to dig out. Or your going to pay that big tow bill.
Lets use common sense, The speed limit is 25MPH MAX in Snow and Ice, there are signs posting this, and when driving in these conditions, Leave a safe distance and turn off the Overdrive if you have an automatic transmission and use LOW GEAR. Let the engine do the braking, not your foot. This avoids 80% of the spin-outs. Last and not least, make sure you have the proper tires on your vehicle and that they are not worn out.
Heavy snow in Twain Harte....really? I guess if you weren't here in March 2011 or are from the Bahamas, this latest dusting might impress you!
Good advice Russelln....let me add one other thing; If your car is equipped with a lever hand brake, use the hand brake to stop and slow in ice and snow conditions (assuming you are obeying the 25 mph controls), even if you have ABS. The hand brake will only brake the rear tires, leaving your steering tires with rolling friction. This friction, even in ice and snow, will preserve your steering capability. When you apply the foot brakes in snow and ice, even with ABS, you run the risk of losing rolling friction. And if you panic, you will instinctively stab the foot brakes, which is a sure fire way to spin out.
Weather happens! These situations happen every year
yet people seem to forget how to drive in the ice and snow.
Slow and cautious, leave plenty of room between you and
the car in front of you, at least double distance from dry
conditions. Please use caution if you have to drive in these
conditions, and watch out for the crazies from the valley
that seem to think they don't need chains to get up the hill,
and are totally a hazard to everybody.
I would recommend drivers Google " How to drive in snow and ice safely ".
Research a few Automotive and Driving sites. Check your vehicles owners manual as well. Low gear is eliminated in many modern cars when winter mode is selected. All vehicles are not the same. New technology such as ABS, Electronic Traction Control and other transmission and suspension options may apply to you. Above all, the obvious, slow down.
DO NOT TRUST your safety on what you read here !
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