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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 01-22-2013, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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Mountain Driving Attempt... In Cobalt

When I drove my car in the snow winter 2011, I made it up and down a steep hill perfectly fine, but then T-boned a van who was at a stop sign when I tried to go make it around a corner (at about 15mph) I had all seasons kinda worn, no chains cause snow wasn't that deep.

So, now I want to try and drive up to the Snoqualmie ski pass... lol.

Is this a bad idea, or should I be ok if I buy chains? Do chains give you a major advantage in snow? I have all season tires (new) No experience driving in snow in my car except the experience last year, but am a way better driver in general now, better accident prediction, quick reaction, etc.

I'm a little nervous to try, but won't be driving aggressively like normal.

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Don't put chains on. All season tires suck in the snow. If you have a stick, I suggest downshifting to slow down and brake at slow speeds. If you don't, slowly tap the brake and downshift anyways.

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Mhm it's a stick. When I was going down the hill I put it into 2nd gear and did not touch anything besides having to steer a little, was that the best method to handle it?

Going up I remember some trouble because in that old neighborhood the light was at the middle of the steep hill. Freaked me out in case I had to stop, idk what I did, but probably sped up and caused sliding

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Driving in the snow is super unpredictable. Imo, downshifting is the best way to stop regardless of weather circumstances. Pulsing the brakes helps too. If you have anti lock, it can only do so much. Whenever I went down hills in the snow with my car, I always rev matched and let my engine slow me down because you can't always rely on the brakes in a situation like that

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Me too, was told to get into the habit of using the engine to slow down from the beginning and still do it. Unless my foot is too tired in traffic :p

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Lol yea traffic is a different story. the nice thing also about letting the engine brake you is that it cuts ignition and fuel in our engines, so you technically save on gas too. and if you have big injectors and no cat, you'll pop flames when it cuts lol

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Lol. The STI's exhaust would always pop

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Drive the sti in snow then? Awd ftw. That's gonna be my next car

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Not friends with him anymore. I learned to drive in that sexy beast. And hell yes it was fun doing donuts in snow :D I go to the local Subaru meets, and planned to go with a friend in his Subi except plans fell through

My boyfriend bought a 2013 Jeep end of Nov, but he has been really busy with work, and I only have until the 31st to snowboard before a big vacation :( only reason I am considering driving myself since am getting anxious to try out snowboarding! Nobody can take me, there is a bus but of course it's extra money, and idk if I want to be stuck there all day in case I want to leave ya know

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If you don't have snow tires take your boyfriend's Jeep. Tell him to share. I can't believe he didn't offer you his wheels. Seems selfish to me.

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