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