TTAC Video of the Week: Winter Driving is Snow Fun
December 14th, 2022 2:26 PM Share
This week's featured video comes to us from the other side of the pond, as some Brits struggle to handle driving during a serious snowfall. But we're not posting this to pick on the British -- the truth is, I see videos like this every winter, often filmed in places where snow is very common. Struggling in the snow is universal!
There's not a lot to say here, it's just pretty funny. I'll keep it in mind the next time I have to help someone dig out -- or get dug out myself.
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Published December 14th, 2022 2:30 PM
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BTW, 2wd with proper winter tires is much safer than 4wd on summers. Back to my comment about OBLIVIOUS TO THE CONDITIONS.
Having had a 4WD crew cab truck and now a AWD CRV they are good to have in the snow but they can get struck if weather conditions are really bad and nothing can prepare you for ice. A front wheel drive with traction control does just as well most of the time. It was nice to have the 4WD but for my purposes I used it maybe 1 or 2 times a year when it snowed during the Winter. The higher ground clearance was helpful when it snowed and went off paved roads but I seldom went off paved roads. Where Lou lives it would be more useful to have a 4WD truck and if I lived where he lives I would definitely have one but in Northern Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana most of the time you didn't need it and when the weather was too bad it was best to stay off the road especially when there was ice. Snow in general was usually not the problem it was when it rained then snowed or when the snow melted and refroze creating a layer of ice. Ice is bad.
I got tired of dealing with Winter and that is why I moved to Southern Arizona but if you live in the mountains you will get snow and then you need either snow tires or some form of 4WD or AWD but you don't get the wet snow or ice that you get where I use to live.
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On the Saturday morning last month when I got some excellent Pirelli winter tires put on the MX-5, we got between 1-2" of snow in Louisville. It was too warm on the roads for it to stick, but the overpasses were an adventure with an MX-5 with summer Bridgestones as I drove to the dealer to get the winter tires installed. Fast forward a couple of Saturdays and I'm up at the Notre Dame/Boston College game. For those who watched it, you know what the weather turned into during the second half. A lake effect band sat over South Bend's northern areas and dumped copious amounts of snow. Southern parts of the county just got a few inches but in the northern parts near campus got 10+ inches. That MX-5 with the winter tires was a tank. No sliding in turns unless I told it to. Easy on the gas, great stability, and no real "oh blank" moments.
I'm 100% convinced that's a key reason why we see so many AWD/4WDs in a ditch or wrecked in the winter storms. You MUST have the right tires on your car. Summer tires on a Land Rover doesn't mean a thing when they go to concrete blocks below 30 degrees.
Our parents and grandparents made it through lake effect winters with winter tires, studs (probably banned now), chains, cat litter bags, and gritted teeth. Huge Detroit steel with no safety systems to help with cornering and braking. Plus winter tires are a whole lot cheaper than a wreck, insurance claims, and the hassle involved with a crash.