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Old 12-01-2008, 10:16 PM   #26
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3 crashes on my 10 mile commute this morning. A cop gave me a warning blip as I passed him at a blistering 35mph.
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Old 12-01-2008, 11:05 PM   #27
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I swear people get dumber and dumber every ****ing year when the first snow hits. It took me an hour to get to work today, which usually only takes me 25-30 minutes (26 miles).

I saw a base-model Neon a good 50-75 feet off the road in the middle of a corn field. It had just happened because the lights were on, car still running and she was opening her door to get out to assess the damage.

People live in the ****ing Midwest where we get a decent amount of snow every year. We don't get dumped on like some parts of the country and yet people can't figure out how to drive properly. This is seriously one of my biggest pet peeves about drivers out here.
I agree completely. The human element is a joke.


By way of example my girlfriend was involved in a head-on accident last night when a driver lost control in the snow and crossed into her lane. She was a mile or so behind me, heading from her place in Dekalb to mine in St Charles on Rte 38. Luckily, she was able to call me on my cell and I turned around. Bumps and bruises, but otherwise ok. The minutes between recieving the phone call and seeing her walking around were emotionally charged, to say the least.

The girl who lost control was a 19 year old on her cell phone, in a Neon with worn tires (and I think one was a donut as well)


I'm definitely following my girl next time instead of the other way around.
The perspective awarded here is interesting; I could play out a hundred "what-if" scenarios but all it does is bring up the idea of mortality: my girlfriend's, my own, and everyone elses.


Just a reminder to everyone, be safe. You may know what you're doing, but most others are accidents waiting to happen.

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Old 12-01-2008, 11:57 PM   #28
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FIRST!!!!
ok...it happened this morning on my way to school, on the end of my block, on my very first turn in the first snow in my subaru... needless to say now I am scared to drive it. I know i will get flamed but w/e. I was not racing, was not drifting, did not get turbo spool at 12mph, it just happened. As i left the stopsign and began turning i felt the rear end of the car start to kick out so i hit the brakes and the abs kicked in and just made things worse...slide into a parked scion xB. I feel horrible





Damage done to the scion... very little compared to me IMO


ugh...i still cant belive what happened...on the first snow day, on my first turn...
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Old 12-01-2008, 11:59 PM   #29
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Why did you hit the brakes?
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:01 AM   #30
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Why did you hit the brakes?
I know i wasnt supposed to after it was too late... panic took over
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:03 AM   #31
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...Let off throttle and proceed with turn, counter steer if needed...........


What kind of tires are you running
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:03 AM   #32
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I know i wasnt supposed to after it was too late... panic took over
Understandable. It's a gut reaction, I've done it before.
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:05 AM   #33
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^When in doubt, throttle out.

Instinct is to hit the brakes hard, but with AWD, just aim and floor it. Sorry for your car, that sucks hard.

That's what insurance is for, so live and learn.
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:06 AM   #34
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boostbaron seeing as you joined in February i'd assume this is your first winter in snow with the wrx?

Go to a big parking lot and start practicing turns... and starting off. You'll realize no matter what the rear will always "kick" out slightly. I know it does in my car 31/69 power split, nothing you can do.... but go easy on throttle and counter steer.
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:09 AM   #35
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...Let off throttle and proceed with turn, counter steer if needed...........


What kind of tires are you running
I dont think the tires helped me either
Pirelli p-zero nero, about 4/32 of tread left
got the tires w/ rims a couple weeks ago, thought i would be ok
thought wrong i guess
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:10 AM   #36
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I dont think the tires helped me either
Pirelli p-zero nero, about 4/32 of tread left
got the tires w/ rims a couple weeks ago, thought i would be ok
thought wrong i guess
Pick yourself up some snow tires, it's a night and day difference, literally.

If you lived closer i'd be more then willing to show you a comparsion of Summer tires RE070's vs Snow tires in the snow (I have hankook icebear w300's)
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:10 AM   #37
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I dont think the tires helped me either
Pirelli p-zero nero, about 4/32 of tread left
got the tires w/ rims a couple weeks ago, thought i would be ok
thought wrong i guess
Probably better than teh RE92's. Wish I had some dough for Blizzak's.
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:12 AM   #38
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boostbaron seeing as you joined in February i'd assume this is your first winter in snow with the wrx?

Go to a big parking lot and start practicing turns... and starting off. You'll realize no matter what the rear will always "kick" out slightly. I know it does in my car 31/69 power split, nothing you can do.... but go easy on throttle and counter steer.
You are correct sir, first snow.
I was actually planning on practicing in between classes in a deserted parking lot by my school, never got there...
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:16 AM   #39
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^When in doubt, throttle out.
When in doubt, jump out (then tuck and roll, protect the limbs).

Last time I drove in snow it was in a tiny little 95hp Nissan Moco up in Morioka Japan 3 years ago. I was going down a slight hill into a turn, took it too fast and almost landed in someones driveway because I hit the brakes at the first hint of slippage. I just scratched up the hubcaps... I didn't drive today because I have summer tires on, could have taken the XTerra which has Mud/snow tires, but decided to freeze my ass off and look at the bad traffic.
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:19 AM   #40
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thanks for not being to hard on me guys... I think i'm the first in the midwest, just dont want to bring shame to the whole subaru community
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:22 AM   #41
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When in doubt, jump out (then tuck and roll, protect the limbs).

Last time I drove in snow it was in a tiny little 95hp Nissan Moco up in Morioka Japan 3 years ago. I was going down a slight hill into a turn, took it too fast and almost landed in someones driveway because I hit the brakes at the first hint of slippage. I just scratched up the hubcaps... I didn't drive today because I have summer tires on, could have taken the XTerra which has Mud/snow tires, but decided to freeze my ass off and look at the bad traffic.


I hate it when that happens.
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:22 AM   #42
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thanks for not being to hard on me guys... I think i'm the first in the midwest, just dont want to bring shame to the whole subaru community
You are not the first, nor will you be the last. Get it fixed asap before the salt and weather do more damage to it.
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:26 AM   #43
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I hate it when that happens.
What? You never jumped out of a moving car before? Safer than staying inside.
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:27 AM   #44
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You are not the first, nor will you be the last. Get it fixed asap before the salt and weather do more damage to it.
since it happened down my block, after all the paperwork was taken care of, I drove the car back to the garage, where it will continue to sit until i find a body shop i can trust enough to fix it WELL
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:27 AM   #45
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What a waste of 04-05 tails.......

j/k its cuz u didnt have your green wheels on
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:30 AM   #46
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What a waste of 04-05 tails.......

j/k its cuz u didnt have your green wheels on
A waste of tails indeed...tinted tails to be exact
And the green rims are sitting in the garage, waiting to be painted a normal color
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:55 AM   #47
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Here in NWI, people were driving like they've never seen snow or ice before. I'm too afraid to take the WRX out so soon in the game. I drove my 4x4 pickup to work this morning. Grips like crazy. Some extra tonnage goes along way!
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Old 12-02-2008, 04:44 AM   #48
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On my way home I saw even more cars off the road than I did on my way in to work!!

At least 5 cars in the median along the Elgin O'Hare. I couldn't believe it. Many of the drivers were still in the cars, so they must have gone off in the past hour. The roads were totally clear!
when i was on the EOE around 3:00 there was a nice thin sheet of ice right down the center of the road. 3 accidents in my 1 mile drive, all 3 were 4 wheel drive pickups that went off the road, one rubbed the median barrier.
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Old 12-02-2008, 10:38 AM   #49
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Going back to UIUC from Chicago last weekend, there were around 5 accidents.

The next monday it snowed too, and the result of melting refreezing had held the whole freakin central IL below like 20 mph.

Of course, I wanted to test out my Dunlop Wintersports. So I did. And I love them. Everything's melted now...
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when i was on the EOE around 3:00 there was a nice thin sheet of ice right down the center of the road. 3 accidents in my 1 mile drive, all 3 were 4 wheel drive pickups that went off the road, one rubbed the median barrier.
Well, that explains all the skid marks in the center median on EOE.
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