How to Drive in the Snow

How to Drive in the Snow

100 thoughts on “How to Drive in the Snow”

  1. What is the point in putting two heavy bags of sand in the boot of a Front wheel drive car, is that not just going to make the front end lighter and increase the chance of wheelspin. if it were me i would reduce my tyre pressure to 28bar this gives the tyres more rubber contact and i would carry an old blanket or woollen sweater in the boot i would use these to put under the wheels if i did get stuck as wool is great for regaining traction. Snow tyres are ok but dont stop you getting stuck.

  2. @Speedcore4L 😀 Yes!

    Kia's are made of lose and if you drive one in the snow — or at all — then you've put it in your own stupid hands to fail.

  3. @shalmaneser its not the added weight, its the fact that if you get stuck, you can use the sand as added traction under the stuck tires.

  4. We have a lot of retired people here from Florida… The roads will be a lot safer after they leave… Panic braking and accelerating is the reason most people get stuck and slide off… Buy good tires, take your time and allow the plow to clear the roads before you travel; the best tip there is.

  5. Just what I needed cleveland and what ever KHMadMan said as well. I will also just put tire chans on and alot of weights in the back of the car so you can stay center on the road.

  6. @shalmaneser hahahaha i noticed that too. I seen that car and I said "I'm pretty sure that that car is front wheel drive. and don't need weight in the back." Just like when they first came out with front wheel drive cars people where still putting the chains on the tires in the back when they needed to be in the front. I put cinder blocks in the back of my 2 wheel drive truck and it helps.

  7. @KHMadMan You dumbass you need to rev match to do that properly. But in all honesty, soft braking is a lot better than engine braking. Soft brakes means all four tires are slowing the car down in a good front/rear bias.

  8. my name is Jeff. I drive for a living and i been doing it for 6 years, i been driving for 13 years. if you try engine braking at high rpm's, your back end will kick out. your best bet is driving in low gear. and if you back end kicks out let up off the brakes turn the wheel the opposite way it will line back up. driving can be fun. go to a dirt track and slid around. That will help some with the winter driving. Or hit some back roads where there is little traffic. ice is very hard to drive on

  9. Here are 2 more tips that will help more than anything. Keep your engine speed steady, do not accelerate or brake harshly. If your engine keeps spinning at 1 speed in the gear its in, you will be far less likely to start spinning tires due to accelerating too hard, and far less likely to lose momentum. My grandfather lived in Colorado for 20 years, he now lives in Nashville near me, and I've seen him take his 2wd Ford Escort places locals can't take their SUV's because he knows what he's doing.

  10. this is good that they are uploading these steps my 5 year old niece would already know of…..but unfortunately people 4 times her age doesn't…..

  11. How to drive in the snow:
    Step one: Start your car.
    Step two: put your car into drive.
    Step three: Accelerate and move foward.
    Step five: DO NOT let a women drive..
    Did you know fire is hot?

  12. 5 thirty seconds of an inch? In the UK the legal limit for minimum tyre tread depth is 1.6 millimetres, and that's only for the central 75% of the breadth. Tyres like that would be balls in that sort of weather!!!!!!!

  13. wow when it snowed in my town i was driving around in my lancer like it was just a regular day. Front wheel drive is best on snow

  14. dont drive an automatic car buy snowchains dont speed if car fails to turn while braking take foot of brake steer around problem

  15. Gotta remember, your car is no better in breaking or turning than her car. The only difference is the raised ride height so you wont get stuck and easier to accelerate. If anything, it is usually recommended to have something in the trunk or bed of your vehicle that can balance the weight of the drive train and engine in the front. Use whatever… sand, cement, etc.

  16. I happen to live in Ontario, and all that car would need is good winter tires. Winter driving here is not as bad as it might seem

  17. Don't put bags of sand in a FWD car!! You are just taking weight off the drive wheels (that is bad)! IF your car is RWD put sand bags in the trunk! The car shown is FWD the sandbags were hurting his traction!

  18. @theredbikemaster it doesn't gain any additional traction persay however if you are on a hill and you are traveling down any grade if your car is in low gear (any gear that would be lower than what you would have normally) the transmission will rev and the engine will prevent the tires from spinning freely. So it will help you slow down without having to use your brakes thus giving you more traction than if you stepped on the brakes and having it lock. Thus not getting in a skid

  19. Only thing Low gear is going to help with is slowing down without over-braking. It will make it easier to loose traction while accelerating. Low gear is going to increase torque, Which is the force to move your tires, Best thing you can do is just be easy on your gas pedal.

  20. Agreed. Fractions of an inch are retarded. IDK why we continue to use them as a unit of measure here in the US. Millimeters make way more sense.

  21. a bag of sand? wtd? :S never had that when iam driving in snow 😛
    But then iam from Sweden so i no how to drive in snow 😛

  22. to disable abs on newer models pull the abs plug in the master fuse center under the hood WARNING: You MAY CRASH if u are unuse to this system, and for gods sake if you have a electric shift transmission use the M or L settings and transmission brake it is more effective and you are less likely to crash. Another thing IF YOU ARE ON ICE DO NOT SLAM ON YOUR BRAKES THIS JUST MAKES IT WORSE FUCKING IDIOTS

  23. God, you've got to be kidding me. Think about what you're saying: There's a maximum rate at which you can slow a spinning wheel down before it loses traction, do you really think that this rate depends on HOW the wheel is being slowed down?

    Down-shifting, regardless of transmission type, just offloads some braking on to the engine but the max is the same. Even ABS doesn't change this, it just takes you right up to the traction loss point which can be tough to do manually if you are panicked.

  24. Disabling ABS is a very very dumb thing to do, if for no other reason than if you get in an accident, *even if it's not your fault*, you might very well get sued if it was discovered that you had disabled ABS.

    Besides, under almost all conditions, ABS can out-perform the absolute best human driver in terms of traction control while braking (ABS is about traction, not stopping distance). Nobody can pump each brake independently 10-100 times a second.

  25. ABS turned off in snow can sometimes help. With ABS turned off the tires lock up, thus dig in snow and reach much more grippier asphalt and slow you down even before you would need to avoid the obstacle. And being totally honest that is preferable for most drivers as they cant cope with under and over steer that would be the consequence of ABS doing his so-called magic.

  26. Only for *extremely* good drivers in very specific circumstances.

    ABS is about control, not braking. If your wheels are locked then by definition you've lost traction until you come to a stop or unlock the brakes and knowing when you've gotten down through the snow/ice enough for traction to return after you let off the brake is tricky.

    So, while you might dig through the snow/ice faster with locked brakes your chances of losing traction in the first place is much lower with ABS.

  27. Contraband Fan by Mark Burns

    Antilock brakes are for morons, so is auto tranny. They offer false confidence and enable folks who should probably not drive to go out and clog up the roads, bumbling! I would also like to request that there be NO PARKING IN THE STREET! Good grief, I don't drive to work through parking lots.The first snow of the season delivers harsh justice to wiseass speedy swoop lane, who pisses us off all summer. I know it is not polite to laugh, but…

  28. We really want to go to the snow But my parents dont understand english. So please Translate for us. Thanks. God Bless.

  29. My old truck is such a safe winter driver.

    Gear One: For starting. Reaches about 15mph.
    Gear Two: Driving.

    RWD, no traction control, light rear end, short wheelbase, turbo.

  30. step1: take a 4wd car with abs and esp. step2: take a winter tire( nokian, bridgestone, toyo). step3: dont worry be happy!😎

  31. Good luck with the 'Allow 4 car lengths for every 10 mph of speed.'
    While I agree – so many drivers out there are completely oblivious to why and are so distracted by whatever they're doing inside their car, that they're riding your arse.
    Or, people end up passing you, then cutting in front of you because you're driving too slow? There goes your car length safety measure.

    I think I need ram bars front and back.

  32. Step 1: Deflate your tires (press air release and hold for 10 seconds for each tire).
    Assuming average sedan tire pressure of 32psi, dropping it to 25 is ideal for driving on snow and ice.
    Alternately, use chains.
    Step 2. Relax.
    Going down hill, slow down before you approach the slope.
    Going up the hill, speedup before the uphill.
    Long turn: Long turns or ramps are often tilted toward the turn. DO NOT slow down or speed up or step on brakes when you are in that turn. If you stop, you may slide toward the tilted side of the turn.

    Advanced tip: Warm up your tires. Pull handbrake and start grinding your tires against the snow until warm. Turning off traction control may be required to do so. Make sure to turn it back on when you done.

    And most important step. If you are a pretty girl, even with a 4×4 wheel drive pickup truck, MAKE A MAN DRIVE YOU.

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