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Old 12-29-2012, 04:58 PM   #68
Howl
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Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Ontario CA
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1999 OBS

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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.
-Need to pump brakes every now and then because they lose there bite (not sure why).
-All snow is not equal and thus your car handles differently depending on the snow.
-Downshift to slow down and then apply brakes.
-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 .

Edit: I'm running General Altimax Arctic tires.

What did you guys learn about driving in the snow? Share any tips for a newb?
Part of the problem could be how your tires are reacting to the snow. General Altimax Arctic are snow tires. They should work great on deep snow but won't be that much better than all-seasons in ice. Studless ice tires work great on ice and in light snow but can get clogged up when the snow is too heavy or deep. If fact if the snow is very wet and deep even snow tires can get clogged up at lower speeds. Once all the sipes and grooves are packed with snow they become big snowballs.

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