Joined: Aug 02, 2006
Location: McLean, VA, USA
Thu Nov 09, 2006 8:58 pm
My driveway descends from the road to my house. Usually I park my cars so next day I start forward towards the road. However, when winter comes and we do get some snow and ice (yes, this happens in DC area, too, even more frequent in recent years), I’m often being lazy to clean up my driveway. And if this happens, I park my cars so I start next day going backwards up the hill. Does anybody know why?
Answer is – all my current cars are FWD. If they were RWD, I would park them differently. Does anybody know why?
Because of the load transfer wheels down the hill get more weight on them, therefore getting better traction. It pretty often makes a difference between being stuck at home and leaving freely. Or, talking in general, between being stuck at the bottom of the hill and successfully climbing it.
Before it starts to rain, replace old or brittle wiper blades. Wiper blades are inexpensive and are very easy to change!
Check the tread and inflation of your tires. Properly maintained tires provide the added traction you will need on wet roads.
Consider carrying a portable car starter with you. That way, if your battery goes dead you can start your car from inside the vehicle rather than getting out of the car to do a conventional jump start with cables.
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