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Old 01-17-2011, 07:23 PM   #1
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Default going to vt. straight shot anything to worry about?

Hey guys, so I'm going to killington vermont for a ski trip....
I'm driving from rochester ny and hoping to make it in one straight shot.

A couple quick questions

I have 29000 on the clock.
I'm due for an oil change at 30k
Obviously going to need the 30k service.

Don't know the terrain (mountainous flat etc.) Anyone have much experience driving this in heavy snow? Also should I do all my maintenance before or after I return
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Old 01-17-2011, 07:56 PM   #2
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You'll be fine, but I would get it done before I went. I tend to do my services a little before they're due.
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:00 PM   #3
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you need snow tires

if you do not have these

dont
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:01 PM   #4
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Paging Uncle Scotty!

edit: Damn, he's fast!
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:02 PM   #5
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It's only 300 miles. Don't over-think. That's a mere tank of gas each way. Get in the car and drive.

The oil change is a waste, you're only at 1k for goodness sake.
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:03 PM   #6
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you need snow tires

if you do not have these

dont
Oh please. 3/4 of the cars up there are on all-seasons. Calm down.
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:04 PM   #7
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If you can't figure out snow in Rochester, you should just drive to Florida and bug the crap outa Uncle Scotty.
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:05 PM   #8
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Oh please. 3/4 of the cars up there are on all-seasons. Calm down.
op is OBVIOUSLY a n00b not only to cars but to driving

therefore.............
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:21 PM   #9
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Watch out for moose/deer.

you think im kidding but im not.
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:26 PM   #10
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op is OBVIOUSLY a n00b not only to cars but to driving

therefore.............
Roger that.
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:30 PM   #11
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Watch out for police hiding behind snowbanks in median on highways. It might sound funny but I am serious. I rarely speed and I lost track of how fast I was going and one got me last weekend.
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:44 PM   #12
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You'd be fine to knock out the maintenance when you return. Hopefully you at least have all seasons. If so, you will be fine. I drove cross country on summers which lead me through a snow storm and did fine. However I don't recommend doing this yourself. I just finished a drive today from Colorado to VA actually. I don't know about up there, but it was actually very nice the whole trip.
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:55 PM   #13
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No point in changing the oil 1000 miles early; do the 30k when you get back.
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Old 01-17-2011, 09:42 PM   #14
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Be cautious about your battery. I was just up in Bishop, CA to go skiing in Mammoth and the battery in my friends Suburban died. It was replaced in 2007 so it really wasn't that old. However I was told by the guy at the shop that sold us a new one that they change out batteries every three years or so.

I've always lived in a relatively warm area so I'd forgotten that the cold is hard on batteries. Just make sure you have some jumper cables.

Have a safe drive. I hope the skiing is good up there.
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Old 01-17-2011, 10:20 PM   #15
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Watch out for moose/deer.

you think im kidding but im not.
to expand a bit on this....for nighttime, days you can see anyways...

deer are a lighter brown, and their eyes will shine yellow/orange...unless they step out right in front, you will generally have some amount of time to react....plus, hitting a deer is usually only bad for the deer and your car..

Moose, however, are very dark brown, their eyes shine red in headlights...this red will be the only indication they are in the road...due to the color, it is very hard to see them. basically, if you're drivin along and see two red dots hovering 6-8 ft above road...ya better be ready to get on the brakes, cause that very well may be all the visual warning you will get

hitting moose is quite often deadly for the folks in the car so when ya see a sign cautioning moose crossings in the area...just be aware
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Old 01-17-2011, 10:21 PM   #16
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I drove my STi from Maine to South Dakota straight. 1800 miles. You'll be fine.
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Old 01-17-2011, 10:26 PM   #17
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Quote:
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you need snow tires

if you do not have these

dont
Oh please uncle scotty! Lol

I currently run dunlop sp sport signature all seasons (totally kick ass tires)




Quote:
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If you can't figure out snow in Rochester, you should just drive to Florida and bug the crap outa Uncle Scotty.
Lmao

Trust me I can handle my snow.
I learned how to drive in a full sized rwd pickup truck, towing loaded horse trailers in snow and such, I've had my experiences of running my truck off the road (without a trailer attached thankfully) so I've learned a lot before I had my subaru, so any snow is a piece of cake.
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Old 01-17-2011, 10:29 PM   #18
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No noob to driving, just the mechanics of a car

Plus I don't know if I should expect heavy snow drifts and super icey conditions on steep inclines, that's all.... it never hurts to be better informed and prepared!


I am beyond excited to go skiing.... I got 3nights lodging and two days worth of lift tickets for 285 after taxes
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Old 01-17-2011, 10:32 PM   #19
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Its a subaru.
Nuff said.
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Old 01-17-2011, 10:34 PM   #20
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Watch out for police hiding behind snowbanks in median on highways. It might sound funny but I am serious. I rarely speed and I lost track of how fast I was going and one got me last weekend.
I hate that! I live near a quarry &golf course, and the trucks always pile snow up around the entrances really high, and every morning there is a statey who sits in either entrance. He's tailed me once or twice before

And since I rarely ever do anything to break the law now a days he just waves to me and I wave to him lol
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Its a subaru.
Nuff said.
Yes because we've never seen an "OMG I wrecked in teh ur snowbankz!!!!" thread here.
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Old 01-17-2011, 10:41 PM   #22
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Hey guys, so I'm going to killington vermont for a ski trip....
I'm driving from rochester ny and hoping to make it in one straight shot.

A couple quick questions

I have 29000 on the clock.
I'm due for an oil change at 30k
Obviously going to need the 30k service.

Don't know the terrain (mountainous flat etc.) Anyone have much experience driving this in heavy snow? Also should I do all my maintenance before or after I return
if you're asking this ^ ...i'd suggest not making the trip.
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Old 01-17-2011, 10:45 PM   #23
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if you're asking this ^ ...i'd suggest not making the trip.
Just being overprepared I gues.. I've got everything planned out as we speak and I'm not leaving till the second week in feb...... so call me crazy, whatever I'm just making sure I've got all bases covered!
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Old 01-17-2011, 10:55 PM   #24
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I used to work at Killington. They do a good job at keeping the road clear have their own plows. You don't have to go up any of the big passes coming from the south. You will be fine. Drive slow and leave plenty of extra room to stop if the road is snow covered.
and keep 'em pointed down hill in the bumps!
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Old 01-18-2011, 12:32 AM   #25
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I was up there the first week in January. My car was fine even though I still have the original tires on the car. Enjoy the slopes.
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