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Old 11-12-2011, 09:00 AM   #21
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Exactly....My dad had a little Mazda B2200 pickup, RWD, we had a really bad blizzard and his job was 1hr away. All he did was buy some water softener salt and put it in the bed over the rear axle to insure better traction and proceeded to drive home through 3ft drifts through some nasty canyons. He was going nice and slow(about 35-45mph) and was getting passed buy big 4X4 (ranch country) several times, only to come up on them a few miles later stuck in the ditch and unable to get out. My Dad made it back home without a problem. RWD is drive-able in snow, you just have to be smart and careful.
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Old 11-12-2011, 02:29 PM   #22
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if RWD are so bad then why are 90% of cop cars and cabs are RWD? arent they the most cars on the road that put the most miles every year?

When it comes to snow, theres no ****** around. Tires & drive-train help but are not a must, driver is what counts, and no not talking about being professional, but more like careful.
In Fort mc you see 20 trucks/SUVs before you see one single sedan or coupe. its insane! yet most accidents or cars in the ditch are SUVs and truck? care to tell me why? because they all have the stupid mentality of AWD is god and nothing is going to happen, and usually they are the ones end up causing the trouble.
i have driven rwd cars and fwds for years in serious snow, i know what im talking about. the reason the cops and cabs are still rwd is because the mentality of the drivers thinking they need rwd for durability. the reason you see the suv'* and trucks in the ditch is because the dummies dont realize it takes twice as long to stop if your stopping twice the weight.

a perfect example of what im talking about, when we where looking for cars for my wife there was an impala she wanted to test drive, it was jan. and the snow was bumper deep in the lot. the imp was behind a Lincoln. they had to completely shovel the lincoln out and still ended pushing it out over the couple inches left. the imp busted through the bank they made shoveling and drove right through the place the lincoln was. you can go alot faster on the highway because the front drive keeps the car in line. in a rwd if it starts spinning your already done because you get out of the grooves and end up in the ditch.
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Why would you drive fast in the snow?
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Yeah, I would think you would want to drive slower. Just because you think you can handle the snow better doesn't mean you can't lose control, regardless of which wheels are driven. Plus, if there is ice underneath, the only way you're going to keep the fronts in front of the rear, even on a FWD, is if you're a smart driver and slow down, and start stopping sooner. Even with ABS, on ice, you have no control if you're sliding.
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I've always been taught the slogan "Snow means slow" by my parents, and my driving instructor, when I was in driving school.

I hate having ABS, especially in the snow. I would much rather normal brakes, so I can actually feel how the vehicle is responding to the road surface, and not just a pulsating brake pedal that makes a lot of noise.
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sometimes when its really cold here in late jan early feb it doesnt get warm enough to melt the frozen on crap on the road for a month. would you want the car you have to drive 15mph everywhere for a month or the one that you can drive 30-40. especially since it takes me 45min to an hour each way to work in the summer. it takes 2hrs sometimes even in my car if it took double, then it would take me 3-4hrs to get to work
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