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Old 12-06-2013, 01:56 PM   #1
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performance and handling in the snow

In a month I will be moving to an area with a decent amount of snow each winter. How does an SVT handle in the snow? Thanks


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Old 12-06-2013, 02:13 PM   #2
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FInd out for yourself. As soon as you get there, find places, parking lots.. big ones.. Soon as it snows head to one and go crazy.. spin around slam on the brakes while turning.. whatever. You will soon KNOW how your car handles on snow.
I live and was born in a snow state. And each year I do this.. Go to a school parking area (usually not plowed right away..) and go nuts..
Then i am back to ready for snow.

Get used to the car sliding around a little. no problem.. Remember NO brakes AND turn at same time... You will no longer be turning,.. just sliding.

Other than that the main thing is BIG BIG distances between you and the car in front. Remember that truck in front of you may change lane five feet from a stalled car, and YOU have no space to change lanes too.
((This happened to ME wayyy back in 1969. Four lane boulevard. I am behind a small truck, rush hour We all all going 35mph. Well the truck changes lanes at the very last second.. and there in front of ME is a parked car in my lane. No place for me to change lanes to.. cars right and left.
LUCKY I was far enough back I was able to stop. barely. And. Also lucky no idiot tailgating ME. So not rear ended.
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FInd out for yourself. As soon as you get there, find places, parking lots.. big ones.. Soon as it snows head to one and go crazy.. spin around slam on the brakes while turning.. whatever. You will soon KNOW how your car handles on snow.
I live and was born in a snow state. And each year I do this.. Go to a school parking area (usually not plowed right away..) and go nuts..
Then i am back to ready for snow.
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scope out parking lots first for curbs and other wheel/suspension killers lol, sometimes they go invisible after a good snowing.

As Elizabeth mentioned, just know your car, keep safe distances and all will be well. Even though she doesn't believe in them, snow tires will help Lots of us keep two sets of wheels, one with snow tires for winter and another set for summer
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FInd out for yourself. As soon as you get there, find places, parking lots.. big ones.. Soon as it snows head to one and go crazy.. spin around slam on the brakes while turning.. whatever. You will soon KNOW how your car handles on snow.
I live and was born in a snow state. And each year I do this.. Go to a school parking area (usually not plowed right away..) and go nuts..
Then i am back to ready for snow.

Get used to the car sliding around a little. no problem.. Remember NO brakes AND turn at same time... You will no longer be turning,.. just sliding.

Other than that the main thing is BIG BIG distances between you and the car in front. Remember that truck in front of you may change lane five feet from a stalled car, and YOU have no space to change lanes too.
((This happened to ME wayyy back in 1969. Four lane boulevard. I am behind a small truck, rush hour We all all going 35mph. Well the truck changes lanes at the very last second.. and there in front of ME is a parked car in my lane. No place for me to change lanes to.. cars right and left.
LUCKY I was far enough back I was able to stop. barely. And. Also lucky no idiot tailgating ME. So not rear ended.
That's my pet peeve...people who wait until the last minute to avoid an obstacle, leaving the person behind them exposed. I especially hate it when people do it in the snow.
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The svt with snow tires handles remarkably well. Its a lot of fun sliding around in open parking lots reving the piss outta it ;)
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In a month I will be moving to an area with a decent amount of snow each winter. How does an SVT handle in the snow? Thanks
That all depends on the performance of the winter tires you are using, in sets of four. Winter performance is more determined by the performance of the winter tires being used than the car they are mounted on .

I am presuming you are using winter tires?

-- B.F. Goodrich T/A Certified Tire Specialist
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