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Old 12-05-2006, 05:37 AM   #1
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I went to leave for work this morning and had never driven a focus in the snow. I have a ZX4 and my current rental car is a ZX5 so there prolly the same thing in the snow, I am used to driving a ABS equipped car in the snow i know its nothing diffrent but this morning it was harder than hell i had to turn around the snow was just falling to fast to even see and the wipers suck on the rental and everytime you tap the brakes you just slid. I hope to god for some reason my zx4 doesent do this all winter cause I will be forced to get another car because my driving is far for work and they dont mind since im a temp if i call off but to many call of specally when it snows they will be mad.. is there anything i can do to get my car to drive better if it sucks int he snow. Prolly some front snow tires and such.


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Old 12-05-2006, 06:08 AM   #2
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If you're going to put snow tires on a front wheel drive you should put them on all four wheels, unless you like watching the back end trying to pass the front when you stop
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Old 12-05-2006, 06:22 AM   #3
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we ll t he rental already does that since the back is bald almost
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Old 12-05-2006, 06:33 AM   #4
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hammer down for the snow drifts....

Like stated above Snow tires are the best mod for the winter. I would never drive with out them in the snow.
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snow tire obviously, but the biggest mod for snow is......ur driving style.

i'm not saying urs is wrong, but i hd to learn the hard way (stuffed my ST 6 ft deep into a 10ft snowdrift)

smoothness is so incredibly important in snowy/icy conditions. I for instance have better brakes than you, but i have yet to slide when applying the brakes. I'm also running bald tires in the rear (sucks for corners) and stock P6's in the front.


i cannot stress the importance of smoothness. roll onto the throttle, as if theres an egg between ur foot and the pedal. same with the brakes.

and steer very lightly nd grdually, otherwise you could be at full lock, and nothing happens.

talk to ppl like FocusInAlaska, he cn probbly give u some tips.
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A good first step is to find a large unplowed parking lot and see how the car reacts. They all seem to act a bit differently, and you need to know what to expect. Do it with the rental, and then do it again when you get your car back, you may find a difference with the brakes or the tires, or both. Purposely provoke skids (in the parking lot!), steer and brake too fast, then do it again with the smoothness mentioned above. Find the breaking points.
Then the obvious stuff for driving, leave lots of room (amazing how many people tailgate in snowstorms!), and especially watch your speed! FWD's have great traction and I have to watch a tendency to be going faster than I should, and that's the quickest way to get in trouble.
I've found that when things get squirrely the best thing to do is kick the car out of gear so that all the wheels are turning the same speed (otherwise you're trying to drive a sled). Others on the list will tell you to accelerate out of a skid, find out what works for you...

For the car, I've seen "radial chains" ("chains" made of light steel cable) but never owned any. They should only be driven on snow covered road and only below a certain speed. They good be a good investment for emergency situations.
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Old 12-05-2006, 07:51 AM   #7
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I have the canadian winter experience and this is my first winter with the focus we got a snow storm yesterday and I find the zx5 handles like a tank I purposely tested it out in the parking lot like mentioned above and it hardly moves all I have is stock p6's ! If I had winter tires I think id be unstoppable lol the fact that I have traction control and abs prolly helps tho! plus im used to the snow ive done so many donuts trying to straighten out on bad roads that im used to it now.
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The snow you guys got was just a freak storm, was it not? Or is it common?

If it's common, get good snow tires and drive slowly for the conditions. Keep a large following distance. Sounds pretty elementary but its the most common mistakes.

In the end, its your common sense that prevails - is it worth going to work today? Can I make it home?

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the only thing i'll say is...

get winter tires!

and my focus ain't too bad in the snow either! surprisingly!
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+1 for winter tires. Driving style and skill can make the most of what traction there is, and if you're good enough at it, there is enough usable traction on almost any set of tires for safe driving in most conditions.

But more traction is always better. It also helps when you're not the limiting factor, like when the dude pulls out in front of you. All the skill in the world won't perform a quick stop in standing snow on bald tires, but a good set of snow will sure the hell help.
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