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Old 12-27-2012, 09:49 AM   #46
Jack
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Join Date: Dec 2001
Chapter/Region: NESIC
Location: Hopkinton, MA
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2007 Lotus Elise
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Originally Posted by Uncle Scotty View Post
try lower pressure in the tires...snow tires usually like 30-33psi range


No

Higher pressure gives you more bite into the snow. Less pressure would have you float on top of snow. This ain't beach sand....you want to bite down to pavement.


You're already on snows in an AWD car, so you do have an advantage in acceleration and a bit in turning.

Drive slower than you think is safe.

Look way ahead. Like you're at a track day. Waaaay ahead.

Brake in a straight line. You have more braking power than turning power in the snow (this is also true in the rain).

Drive as if there's a hole in your brake line that if you push the brake too hard, it'll pop and you'll lose all braking.

Anticipate. Is that idiot on the side street going to "race" to get into traffic in front of you, then sit at 5mph because he's running on bald victoracers on his Mustang GT. Watch for the idiot who hits the guard rail and then doesn't know the phrase "when you spin, both feet in" and tries to recover, shooting across the road.

Remember that there are plenty of idiots out there. Half of them won't exceed 15 mph on the highway and the other half think they can go 80. Either one can get you. Watch your mirrors for the idiot going 80. If you can move into a lane where he isn't, that's good for you. Do it.

Look into ice races. They are a great way to learn how to control a car under extremely low friction surfaces. I know the BMW club does them near me.
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