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Old 12-26-2012, 07:26 PM   #4
tibug
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Originally Posted by dave07 View Post
This is my first heavy snowfall that I have been in with my Subaru. We got about 6-8" locally.

I learned a few things today about my car in the snow:

-The ass end can easily kick out when turning.
Get snow tires! And drive only as fast as conditions permit, of course
-Need to pump brakes every now and then because they lose there bite (not sure why).
ABS system functioning as it's supposed to, most likely. With a proper working system, you should not have to pump your brakes. The ABS system will control braking force as necessary to slow the car down as fast as possible. What you're probably experiencing is the ABS system easing off the brakes. Again, you need snow tires, if you don't have them.
-All snow is not equal and thus your car handles differently depending on the snow.
Very true
-Downshift to slow down and then apply brakes.
You can do both at the same time, too.
-It seems I spun out more when around my peak torque. I up-shifted to get more "linear" power and not spin.
-TCS on this car seems pretty good.

Also, I watched someone behind me almost plow into a guide rail on a turn. They then proceeded to tailgate me .

What did you guys learn about driving in the snow? Share any tips for a newb?
SNOW TIRES. And drive slow. And pay attention. Brake very early. To test the conditions, find an empty stretch of road and see how well the car reacts to braking. That'll give you a rough idea of how fast you can or cannot go.
Tires are important.
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