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Mighellconnor
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PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2011 12:52 am Reply with quote Back to top

Winter driving can be difficult with the ice and snow covering the streets. A few tips can make your winter trip safer. Winter driving accidents often occur due to driving under pressure and increased speed. Try and give yourself extra time for reaching the destination. ne thing to keep in mind in winters is that you should go out only when you need to. Winter is not the time to hit the roads just for fun.

Purchase snow tires for your vehicle. At the minimum, you should buy two tires for front drive or then two for rear drive. Reduce the speed on winter stricken roads. Use of cruise control should be avoided because it limits the control that you have over the vehicle. Leave adequate space between you and the car in front of you. The distance should be at least three times the normal safe distance as recommended by The Weather Channel. Try and replace the windshield wiper blades with snow blades. This will help in enhancing traction and control.
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Misha
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PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2011 8:28 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Umm, where did you collect all that pile? I can agree to a few points, but most of it goes against my experience. And winter driving is certainly lots of fun - when you know what you are doing. Smile
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Astraist
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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 2:31 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Misha, most of it seems valid to me. Can you specify your issues with the points in the post above? Anyhow, I'm about to write a full-scale article about the subject to clear things up.
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myownworld
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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 3:34 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I look forward to reading your article Astraist. I'm totally clueless when it comes to driving in the snow and have had some of the most awful experiences with it. Cheers Smile
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Misha
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2011 6:42 pm Reply with quote Back to top

LOL I did not really plan to elaborate on this Astraist, but here you go:

Mighellconnor wrote:
Winter driving can be difficult with the ice and snow covering the streets.
Agree. General statement though.
Mighellconnor wrote:
A few tips can make your winter trip safer.
The same as above.
Mighellconnor wrote:
Winter driving accidents often occur due to driving under pressure and increased speed.
What idiot does increase speed during winter? Never seen one. And driving under pressure is not winter specific.
Mighellconnor wrote:
Try and give yourself extra time for reaching the destination.
Agree, though this is a universal tip, not winter specific.
Mighellconnor wrote:
ne thing to keep in mind in winters is that you should go out only when you need to. Winter is not the time to hit the roads just for fun.
If you know what you are doing, winter driving is a lot of fun. No need to stay home. Smile

Mighellconnor wrote:
Purchase snow tires for your vehicle.
Depends. Probably not cost effective for, say, DC area or Israel.
Mighellconnor wrote:
At the minimum, you should buy two tires for front drive or then two for rear drive.
False, please see this thread http://www.funandsafedriving.com/ftopicp-19.html
Mighellconnor wrote:
Reduce the speed on winter stricken roads.
Agree
Mighellconnor wrote:
Use of cruise control should be avoided because it limits the control that you have over the vehicle.
Agree
Mighellconnor wrote:
Leave adequate space between you and the car in front of you.
Agree, but again this is not winter specific.
Mighellconnor wrote:
The distance should be at least three times the normal safe distance as recommended by The Weather Channel.
Bullshit. Here is a comprehensive write-up on distance, including bad weather/visibility case: http://www.funandsafedriving.com/ftopict-159.html
Mighellconnor wrote:
Try and replace the windshield wiper blades with snow blades. This will help in enhancing traction and control.
Since when wiper blades enhance traction?

So, basically there are two winter specific tips I agree to: reduce the speed and forget about cruise control. The rest is either not winter specific or incorrect. Smile

I looked at the other posts by this same author, too - and it looks like he is just pulling phrases from driving manual(s) without really understanding what he is talking about. Hence my reaction. Smile
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