Snow Driving Q

R Mangas porter_dog at
Wed Dec 4 12:45:09 EST 2002

  Must respectfully disagree.  Difflocks are good, using them is not 'an
advanced technique' and having the differentials locked is useful in many
more situations that just getting unstuck.  Locking the center in the wet is
great for reduced stopping distance alone, nevermind the added traction.


>From: Brett Dikeman <brett at>
>To: "R Mangas" <porter_dog at>,
>KMracer007 at,quattro at
>Subject: Re: Snow Driving Q
>Date: Wed, 4 Dec 2002 11:56:57 -0500
>At 8:06 AM -0500 12/4/02, R Mangas wrote:
>>  That's interesting.  I think you should try this test again, with the
>>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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