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yes, defnately smooth (archive)

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Posted by Michael McCoy on December 11, 2000 at 16:03:47:

In Reply to: key word : _smooth_ posted by Dragos on December 11, 2000 at 14:19:27:

There is nothing wrong with high rpm's other than that is where the car makes more power. In low traction situations power and torque are your enemy. Be purposefully slow with steering, acceleration, and braking.

-Michael McCoy

Starting in 2nd does not do your car any good, especially if it's a 525 (lower torque). So stay away from this practice.

High rpms are also a no-no - you want to _SMOOTHLY_ shift low - if you go high rpm, you lose traction.

When downshifting for engine braking - use the clutch like it's made of glass : if you drop it and lower gear means higher rpms and you lose traction again.

If there's snow packed on the road, touch the brakes only if you must - but you shouldn't. If there's frozen drizzle on the road you should forget you have brakes.

Yada yada, I could preach all day but nothing beats practice..


How can I get the best traction in slippery conditions? Start @ 2nd? Cruise/shift @ a higher rpm? Engine braking to suppliment braking? I don't have ASC (but have snows), it's my 1st winter in a rwd, and I just leaned to drive a stick w/ this car - and I'm damn nervous about winter. Thanks,

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