Snow Driving Q

Brett Dikeman brett at
Wed Dec 4 11:56:57 EST 2002

At 8:06 AM -0500 12/4/02, R Mangas wrote:

>  That's interesting.  I think you should try this test again, with the car
>in gear, foot off clutch, diffs locked and diffs unlocked.  My cars are a
>lot harder to lock up with the diffs locked; I can use more brake and get
>shorter stopping distances because it's harder to lock up only one wheel.
>Airlocking differentials are unbelievable.

Locked differentials are not for use by the unexperienced...among
other things, you're in for a big surprise come time to turn.  You
also, naturally, loose ABS(if your car has it.)  They are not a
subsitute for proper driving technique.

Advice for listers who read the above post: Leave the diff locks
alone for now and go to a q-club winter driving school; if you're in
the Northeast, the NEQ does two such schools(weather providing.)
Once you've learned the basics, corrected all your bad driving
habits, etc...then MAYBE start playing with advanced techniques.
Otherwise, leave the diffs for getting unstuck(which is mostly what
they're for.)

"They that give up essential liberty to obtain temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Ben Franklin

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