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Old 12-28-2012, 02:43 PM   #60
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Originally Posted by J-hop View Post
whoa baby steps

if the OP is having the tail go out unintentionally he shouldn't be trying to put it out intentionally haha. But yea you do have a point, my dad took me out the first winter I drove and had me practice drifting in an empty parking lot, he would get me to start a turn then let off the gas, he would rip the ebrake and i'd have to correct for the slide. Then get me to hold drifts in a long circle and figure out how steering/brake/throttle input affected the slide.

This was great for learning what to do in a slide but he always made it clear that the best thing was to never get yourself into a slide in the first place (and I never have unintentionally!).
Good for you. Understanding how you're car is going to react in an emergency situation is a critical element of safe winter driving. You never know when someone is going to do something near you that requires a sudden evasive maneuver. A slide doesn't mean you're out-of-control, unless of course you've never practiced controlling a sliding car.

Originally Posted by J-hop View Post
Also for those who keep repeating "under inflate your tires" which is not only wrong but I don't even think it fits with your theory. I believe those that say under-inflate your tires think that it will give you more surface area to grip. But have you ever looked at a diagram of what an under-inflated tire looks like? it cups in the center so that tread area isn't even really effective, so your theory refutes itself....


edit: looks like the above tire comment was meant for a different snow driving thread where people keep repeating "reduce your air pressure", but lets just nip this misunderstanding in the bud!
Under-inflated tires will grip rough surfaces better, but 95% of winter driving is on hard pavement so its largely a moot point. If you're driving on a rough, snowy road and are worried about grip it's a valid tool at your disposal, but you have to remember to re-inflate them once you get back on pavement.

Originally Posted by SpamBot View Post
Overinflate your tires. Underinflate your tires. Pump your brakes. Don't pump your brakes. Let ABS pump your brakes. Use throttle, use engine braking, countersteer, let go of the wheel.

Geez, just wait until the roads are cleared and there's less traffic. You'll get home at the same time with a lot less drama.

The only really good advice is this: slow down (WAY down), and leave a LOT of extra room.
The problem with driving technique threads like this is there are so many different conditions, each requiring its own techniques; so many cars, each with their own handling characteristics; and so many drivers, each with their own skill level and driving style. Every post has to be read in context.
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