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school me on driving in snow, winter tires ect.

 
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Knarley Darley
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 3:43 am    Post subject: school me on driving in snow, winter tires ect. Reply with quote

So now I live in north Idaho, and winter is upon us, so give me some veteran winter driving advice, and the best tires. Where I live it is totally flat, and my driveway is flat also, but the roads were slick today. What kind of cars do you guys recommend/ personally drive, and like for snow?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I never drove in snow as I moved to the sunny south a half century ago. But back when I still lived in Canada my father used this solution. A 1936 Hudson instead of his new 1955 Plymouth. It was a $200 used car. The heaviest he could find as he new it would be driven like a bumper car. It is what I learned to drive in as it was too far gone to be hurt by my inexperience behind the wheel.

I think in todays dollars the cheapest running car or truck you can find will probably be over a thousand bucks.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heaviest vehicle in a corner is a disadvantage as much as it is an advantage going straight. Front wheel drive or 4 wheel drive with some good snows or even studded snows. My favorite tires for winter are the Michelin Alpin AP3s. These are right under the blizzaks for ice but are a much better handling tire in all other conditions. Studs are the ultimate though if you have enough ice and snow on the road all the time they can last. If not they will not last all that long because of the heat they build rubbing the studs into the pavement all the time.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When the snow flies around here I use the Durango (AWD) or my pickup (4x4). Once the snow is cleared I can drive the Camaro but try not too. Also the salt used on the roads does a wonder on the cars. As far as a winter beater goes most any front wheel drive car with decent snow tires should be fine for all but the major storms.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i drive 2002 Trailblazer. i run cooper discoverer STT and never been stuck in Iowa weather. They are pretty loud going down the road, but I've gotten used to it.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

89Gmcsierra wrote:
i drive 2002 Trailblazer. i run cooper discoverer STT and never been stuck in Iowa weather. They are pretty loud going down the road, but I've gotten used to it.


X2 The Duramax runs them year round. The service van runs att and I have chains,
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 2:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We only get 52 inches a year, and they don't salt the roads which makes me happy. It snowed a little bit yesterday, and got slick when the roads froze after dark, but not too bad.
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