Any tips for when driving in the snow??

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Found 17th Dec 2009
Where i live is coverd in snow and tomorrow i have to leave my house at 5 30am to get to work, our estate is never salted and im not confident in the snow when driving so was wondering if anyone has any tips when driving in the snow?

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slow and steady.

more Power

Banned

if your not confident dont drive

taxi or bus

Anticipation is the key. No heavy braking or turning too quickly.

BUY A WINTER TYRES:thumbsup:

I'm pooing bricks....got to drive from Blackpool to north east with babes in the car. I'd put it off if it didn't have to be done!

Banned

Don't crash

And keep in the highest gear possible.

Watch out for polar bears!

Get someone else to drive for you

awoodhall2003;7260256

slow and steady.



teambintip;7260259

more Power



dimebars;7260290

Don't crash



Nitro111;7260293

And keep in the highest gear possible.



transit;7260301

Watch out for polar bears!



Driving or Relationship advice

Stole this from another site as it seemed like soud advice

Don't spin the wheels, ever. If they start spinning, STOP
Move off in second gear, with no gas (or a tiny bit of gas in lower powered petrol cars). If the hill is too steep to do this without stalling, try either using first gear or a little gas with lots of clutch slipping. The aim is for the wheels to start turning as slowly as possible so they don't lose grip and start to spin, which just turns the road to ice.
Get snow chains for about £15 from ebay
If you have rear wheel drive, leave it at home. Failing that, don't ever try to move off at an angle with a rearwheel drive car as this is much harder (back wheels moving straight forward with front wheels moving sideways is hard)

If you are still stuck after all that, get out of the car and put cat litter or gravel under the wheels, or rugs (that almost never works apart from on the flat but at least you look like you are trying)

Driving in snow is extremely difficult and dangerous without snow tyres

Smooooooooooooothly does it. No great acceleration, braking, turning or stopping. Allow 2 x as much time to get there, have spare fuel, food, blanket, shovel, soft drink. Keep your headlights on, unless stuck for a long time,keep engine running.

Do not rev engine.

Best of luck.

Banned

Lulu'sMammy;7260289

I'm pooing bricks....got to drive from Blackpool to north east with babes … I'm pooing bricks....got to drive from Blackpool to north east with babes in the car. I'd put it off if it didn't have to be done!



Bleeding women drivers

The minute it rains/snows/gets dark you all carp yourselves and drive like muppets

"oh no I can't drive in this - I better brake for every puddle/spot of rain/oncoming vehicle

Nitro111;7260293

And keep in the highest gear possible.



This

dimebars;7260320

Bleeding women driversThe minute it rains/snows/gets dark you all carp … Bleeding women driversThe minute it rains/snows/gets dark you all carp yourselves and drive like muppets"oh no I can't drive in this - I better brake for every puddle/spot of rain/oncoming vehicle


Shut it grandad! I do not resemble a woman driver in the slightest....trust me (just get nervous with satan in the car thats all!)

Banned

Ram it with the snow chains! They are not needed FFS

You will do more damage to the road with them than anything else

I'm learning to drive at the moment and I have a driving lesson tomorrow. Although I am quite scared too, at least I will have my instructor with me. But yeh, just use common sense, take it slow, try not to let anyone distract you or push you to go faster than you feel comfortable with, and try avoid any areas that you know will you be very dangerous.

Banned

Bear in mind you only need to get out the estate to the main road........

Disable your ABS ;-)

I learnt this trick from a sailor, ooo errrr missus.

anyways, stick some tyres on the side of your car and a few infront and behind, then close your eyes and drive!

IMO it also depends on the car that you drive. Used to have an A3.. was brilliant in the snow and ice. Now have a Lexus... jeeezuss...what a nightmare in the snow.

Sheena0104;7260536

IMO it also depends on the car that you drive. Used to have an A3.. was … IMO it also depends on the car that you drive. Used to have an A3.. was brilliant in the snow and ice. Now have a Lexus... jeeezuss...what a nightmare in the snow.



Was a3 a front wheel drive and lexus a rear?

dog_cop;7260269

if your not confident dont drive



The only sensible advice in this thread. No journey (unless it's, perhaps, to save someone's life) is essential.

I've diven in snow many times. When the main roads are gridlocked due to incompetent drivers, i go down the untreated back roads.

1. When moving off, do so in 2nd gear.
2. If in a turbo, try not to let it kick in, it will just spin the wheels.
3. Don't drive too fast, know where the junctions are and slow down using the gears.
4. No harsh acceleration, braking or steering.

No need for snow chains or winter tyres in this country

tony_s1;7260894

The only sensible advice in this thread. No journey (unless it's, … The only sensible advice in this thread. No journey (unless it's, perhaps, to save someone's life) is essential.



I still say disable your ABS :lol:

http://www.guy-sports.com/fun_pictures/santa_sleigh_car.jpg

http://www.angenent.biz/smart/images/foto_smart_Halftrack.jpg

I guess what works for me is a very "gently does it "style of driving. Slow and smooth especially on the back roads which all have virgin snow and possibly ice (untreated) underneath.

So my tips for the rally really bad roads are as follows:-

When starting off do so in a higher gear like 2nd or if you have a diesel (harder to stall and they usually have more torque than petrol) possibly even try 3rd (it will judder and you want that almost stalling / juddering sound / feeling. Then enable / disable power on the clutch only, not the accelerator. As there are little revs there is less chance of wheel spin. This seems to work ok for me when everyone else gets stuck. Best to not brake (if possible) and merely slow down if you can anticipate it, just in case the brakes lock and you go into a skid, obviosuly some times you have to brake, but do so gently and dab the pedal.

Always worth having having plenty of fuel and Always allow loads more time. Also, a lot of main roads should be OK as they will have lots of cars on them and may have been gritted.

the faster you go the quicker you get to your destination

whether that be

work

hospital

or death

HTH

get an impreza

pray ...

Sellotape a row of hairdryers to the bumper and drive as normal. Actually that's stupid; turn them on first.

bishibashi;7261781

Sellotape a row of hairdryers to the bumper and drive as normal. Actually … Sellotape a row of hairdryers to the bumper and drive as normal. Actually that's stupid; turn them on first.



Do you like fish sticks?

PrideandPassion;7260799

Was a3 a front wheel drive and lexus a rear?




Its the tyres are thinner thus better in snow (cabbies have good ones for snow) because they cut through the snow instead of sittting on like the wide ones do

buy a X5.



dont care who you hit

dcx_badass;7261857

Why would you want such an ugly car?


you drive a nova.

I meant if you drive a X5 who cares how you drive, if you hit something its gonna hurt them alot more.
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