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Posted by John Feng on December 14, 2000 at 17:23:24:

In Reply to: Its all about snow tires... posted by A.Spice on December 12, 2000 at 08:39:18:


I got Dunlop snows for just over $50 a piece and it makes all the difference in the world. (snip)
Use a light foot on all the pedals and downshift! when stopping helps so much.

Aaron,

Maybe I misunderstand you, but downshifting
in slippery conditions can greatly contribute
to putting you into a spin and into the ditch
unless you do it exactly right. I know of NO
safe way to downshift an automatic trans safely
(in slick/icy conditions). In a manual trans car
you have to match rev's pretty precisely not
to risk breaking rear wheel traction and
fishtailing. Engine braking is a good technique
for some conditions, but if I were on really
slick surfaces (ice, snow on ice, slush on ice),
I would not rely to heavily on engine braking.


John


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