Originally Posted by DarkSpork
I hope this helps some, the Tire Rack sales rep can probably help more. Remember your ABS doesn't help you stop, it just helps you maintain control while trying to stop. The traction control doesn't give you extra traction, it just prevents you from sending too much torque to the drive wheels (which may sometimes be any at all).
Thanks for the response! I'd definitely be interested to read what the rep says. As for ABS and all that jazz, I actually don't depend on them at all, as I've never had them in the past. In fact traction control is just a bother to me. If I start to slip on a start, I'll just shift into 2nd to get moving. But I'm a firm believer that going slower and leaving a larger following distance will avoid 90% of common winter driving ailments. And if your car can't handle the weather conditions (and you can always tell when it can't), then don't drive! My life and my car's condition are far more important than getting anywhere during a bad storm!
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