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well i woke up this morning and there was about 6'' of snow on the ground...i made it to the end of my road... which is about1/4 mile.. sliding allover the place.. in 4th gear at about 2k..(40mph) actually going about 5-10mph.. after i put my cables on i was able to go a little easier, but as my luck has it, they fell off on the highway.. great..
i think if i didnt have 200ftlbs it would be alot easier to keep traction..

i live in the heart of washingtons rain central.. so the snow is here to stay for some time... does anyone have any snow-driving-fwd tips..?

wider vs skinny tires? ive got the 185/40/14 on the front and the stock stealies on the back... sould i change that?
 

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for me, i get out of first gear as soon as possible, or try not to use it all together.. i spin too easily.


go slow. that's it. take your time.. and leave LOTS of space.

try not to drive when possible. put some stuff of, until the roads are plwoed.

and you want thin tires.

about a week ago i almost wrecked my escort :cry: the roads were VERY icey.. like, by the time i put 7 bucks of gas in my tank, i ran to get out and re-scrape my windshield.

anyway, i was on my way home, turning a corner rgiht before my street. i was going SOOOOOO slow, it was ridiculous. anyway, needless to say, i started sliding... difectly towards the bumper of a pickup. I was so close. his tailgate was about less than an ince away from my car. if i hit him, it woulda scraped down the whole side of my car, frmo the way i was sliding. i went home and parked my car all day.
 

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Skinnier is better in the snow, and they should be equal on all 4 corners else the back end may try to become the front end. How about finding 4 stock steels and picking up some cheap snows, if you don't get a lot of snow weather every year? Of course if you do get a lot of snow, invest in good snow tires, they will last for a few years and your summer tires will last that much longer as well. I run studs on all 4 corners.
 

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Make sure that your e-brake is in perfect working condition... and spend lots of time practicing with it in a parking lot.
 

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i tried to get some tires yesterday.. but im a cheap bastard... i found some 185/75/14's for 20$ at firestone but they said they wouldnt fit and wouldnt install them.

however the turbo has saved my ass from going in the ditch a few times already.
 

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I can't reccomend new-age snow tires enough. The grip with my old Michelin Alpins (13") on snow and ice was incredible. 175 width tires are really good for the weight of the Scort.

Cables (which you obviously already have) are essential.

Disconnect the front swaybar. You'll get more consistent traction over rough stuff.
 

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Studs and tire chains are illegal in Ontario and almost every province in Canada. Too hard on the roads, which apparently we can't afford to repair or resurface.

Are they legal throughout the States?

You'd think the country that spent more time in winter conditions would have better traction laws :? .
 

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We can put a man on the moon but we can't figure out a way to make tire studs easier on the roads? Hmm...guess it would take a genius to solve that. I'm workin' on it.
 

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The roads are constantly being repaired anyways.... so I say use chains on the tires. By the time they're done repairing the other roads, the same road will need redoing anyways! In Canada there are 2 seasons... Winter and highway repairs.
 

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You've never driven on bad roads until you've driven in Montreal. Not really sure what the rest of Quebec's like. That's how I know when I've crossed the border into QC from Ontario. The ride gets rough. I blew the sidewall out of a tire last fall from a pothole.

I missed 2 days off class cause I fell off the sidewalk into a pothole last year. Couldn't get out. :D
 

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The quicker you go, the less time you have to spend on those horrible roads. At 25 mph your on the road twice as long as at 50 mph.... that means you could get into twice as many accidents.
 

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You could always turn down the boost. I try to skip 1st gear when I can. Also, gentle throttle application is the key unless you need to power yourself out of something.
 

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highanddry said:
Studs and tire chains are illegal in Ontario and almost every province in Canada. Too hard on the roads, which apparently we can't afford to repair or resurface.

Are they legal throughout the States?
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Each state has its own law. Mine is they are legal from Nov 15 - Apr 15 (studs). Not sure on chains.

Some states that don't normally allow them will forgive someone who is driving through. I think there is one state that disallows them no matter what.

http://www.rma.org/tire_safety/tire_mai ... s_2004.cfm

I had found a different site last year but this one is close
 

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Thanks Diane.

That's beautiful...studs are conditionally acceptable in Hawaii but not at all in Ontario. Is there a Ministry of Common Sense that we can appeal to?

I have read where people recommend running studs in Ontario during the winter (for tires with the provision) and to simply fight it in court if you ever get caught or if the police actually bother to charge you.

There are some things that are not meant to be understood.
 
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