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Old 02-12-2010, 10:55 AM   #1
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Snow driving

School me on driving in light snow


i have lived in the south my entire life...i've seen snow only a handful of times, and driven in it even less...with most of those times in my truck

however...tonite we're supposed to get 2-4" and i have to work...any tips for driving the crown vic in the snow?

this is some training we dont get

policy states that all non-priority calls will have to either be taken by phone or held until the streets clear up, however we still have to respond to priority calls...and given the volume of such calls lately, theres a good chance i'll be attempting to run code in the snow tonite...and i could use some hints to keep my ass wheels down and on the road
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Easy on the gas always.

Smooth turns, starts, and stops is the way to go.

If you start to slide, by no means should you hit the brakes... Take foot of gas and your car will gain traction... Meanwhile, steer in the direction you want to go (called countersteering).

Slow down.

If you get stuck, rock your vehicle out.

Be sure your vehicle is ready for winter (check battery, get a snow/ice scraper, leave wiper blades lifted up when parked - makes it easier to clean off windows)
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this could get interesting...i got the hang of countersteering, however running code usually involves hard on the gas...hard on the brakes...and going fast

ill be sure to take it easy tonite
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Don't stop on a hill.
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Old 02-12-2010, 12:09 PM   #6
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One thing to remember is if you have an Automatic, shift in to a lower gear so the car dont shift on you while your going up hill,into corners or down hill. This way you can maintain your speed more and the car is not doing it.
If the car shifts it can make your back tires break loose, causing you to spin.
Shifting into a lower gear you can feather the throttle more and the transmission wont shift on ya.
Not sure if you can but see if you can run studded tires or chains. Up in Northern Cali. The HWY Patrols cars and Local PD's all had to have chains on when they have more than 4" of snow on the ground.
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Old 02-12-2010, 12:11 PM   #7
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i live in SC

studded tires and chains do not exist and next week it will prob be 60*

ill be using the same old goodyears i have on there now
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Take it out to an empty parking lot and see how it handles. Thats the best way to learn without killing anyone
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Old 02-12-2010, 12:17 PM   #9
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weather reports are now predicting up to 4 whopping inches...



i'll be sure to let yall know how it goes
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I will gladly give you some of my snow - I have not seen my mailbox for 2 weeks now.
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Ride with the window down in case to have to jump out! Start slow and be careful approaching intersections; slow down farther back on approach...been years since I had a 2 wheel drive, can't remember much...perhaps you could find a set of cable chains at Wally Weird, lotta peeps use those...take a camera w/ you, could be interesting...
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try to only be doing one thing at a time if possible, if you are on the gas or brake don't be steering, if you are steering don't be on the gas or brake.
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Old 02-12-2010, 12:54 PM   #13
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try to only be doing one thing at a time if possible, if you are on the gas or brake don't be steering, if you are steering don't be on the gas or brake.
thats a good practice regardless
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drive slow and use common sense and easy manouvers you didnt cause the emergency so you aint no help if you cant get there


we had a 15 minute response on the engine last time it snowed and when i got in my wreck it took the trooper 2hours to come from across town
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this could get interesting...i got the hang of countersteering, however running code usually involves hard on the gas...hard on the brakes...and going fast

ill be sure to take it easy tonite
Does your department supply chains they are giving out chains here?
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i live in SC

studded tires and chains do not exist and next week it will prob be 60*

ill be using the same old goodyears i have on there now
use the traction control...like usual and just don't get the weight of the vehicle down hill (motor) wont be able to back up..found that out in the median of Highway 64 in the mud on a ride along
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i survived...without chains...no traction control to turn on/off in the interceptor...

got squirrely a couple times but nothing major...kept my wheels in the ruts for the most part until things started to ice early this morning at which point i began avoiding ruts

shifting down into 2nd or 1st gear was the biggest help
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i survived...without chains...no traction control to turn on/off in the interceptor...

got squirrely a couple times but nothing major...kept my wheels in the ruts for the most part until things started to ice early this morning at which point i began avoiding ruts

shifting down into 2nd or 1st gear was the biggest help
yeah I use the downshift at times myself, when we have snow here in the New England! Oh that was two months ago!
Glad you made it
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