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Old 01-09-2015, 09:31 PM   #61
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On the other hand, I drive a compact two-wheel-drive car with winter tires. Living in a rural area, I have never (in the couple of decades I've been in this location) had difficulty driving in to work and home... past the many 4X4's in the ditch (none of which are Jim, of course ).
Both our front wheel drive cars do great on snow and ice with their winter tires, and the Pilot not too bad with AWD and all season tires, BUT when the snow is deep, and weather conditions are terrible, I MUCH prefer my $x$ F-350 that has 1,500 lbs of topper and tools on it, and a knarly set of Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac shoes.

We all learned to drive in snow at a young age around here, an learned to keep it out of the ditches. Or course I can't vouch for the driving capabilities of people imported from nicer climates.
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You 2x4 drivers are just jealous.
I know, eh?
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Old 01-09-2015, 09:33 PM   #62
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Nah... I think the 4x4 drivers are jealous of our fuel economy and handling.
I'll give you the edge on fuel economy for sure, but no way on handling. I would gladly set up road track in winter conditions, and have a race. I just loves me doing some four wheel drifters around corners in the deep snow.
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Old 01-09-2015, 09:41 PM   #63
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Back a few years when I was still a news photographer, I'd get sent out into the storm driving a Dodge Neon company car. Had snows on all four wheels and the driver ( me ) figured if he got stuck it was the newspaper's problem. Drove it all over the hills ( mountains ) in North Van, including unplowed side roads. Never did get stuck, but I did find myself backing down a couple of hills.
It was our job to go places others were avoiding.
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Old 01-09-2015, 11:00 PM   #64
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I'll give you the edge on fuel economy for sure, but no way on handling. I would gladly set up road track in winter conditions, and have a race. I just loves me doing some four wheel drifters around corners in the deep snow.
I was really talking about the rest of the time, rather than in poor winter conditions, but for control I'll still take the car even in the slop and and on the ice. Tall trucks obviously handle poorly compared to low and light cars, especially when there's decent traction. Also, I agree that deep snow is the time for large diameter tires and lots of ground clearance (even without driving all the wheels)... we just don't get that very often.
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Flip.. it's cold, it' snowin' the roads are more ice than pavement... I'm staying home You don't have to convince me. it's my life, my health, my deductible on the vehicle. Be safe, be sane everyone!
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Old 01-09-2015, 11:47 PM   #66
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Flip.. it's cold, it' snowin' the roads are more ice than pavement... I'm staying home You don't have to convince me. it's my life, my health, my deductible on the vehicle. Be safe, be sane everyone!
Good advice. I used to be a snowmobiler, figured with a 6600 lbs 1 ton 4x4 Ford truck, a 2100 pound camper in the bed, and chains on all four wheels, I figured not a huge problem to cross over Mt Hood in line with all the other 5 mph semi trucks during an ice storm.

Then the wiper arm fell off on the drivers side.................
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Then the wiper arm fell off on the drivers side.................
I discovered that I could move the rear window wiper to the driver side front when the wiper on my Ford Exploder departed at 100 kph.
Not sure that would work on all vehicles, but it's worth a shot.
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I was really talking about the rest of the time, rather than in poor winter conditions.... .
And here I thought this thread was about winter conditions. My bad...........

Do you use this same car to pull your trailer too?
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I'm resigned to the fact that weather is going to happen. I've gotten to the point that I'm not really paying attention to the weather report on the late news.
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