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Old 03-01-2008, 07:47 AM   #1
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Interstate driving question about snow and ice

I am not new to owning a 4 wheel drive, but i am new at owning a jeep TJ, and driving on the interstate with it while it is covered in compacted snow and ice. Yesterday i went to Fargo which is about 80 miles south of me. The Interstate was covered with compacted snow and ice, plus i had a side wind of 25 to 30 mph. I left my jeep in 2 wheel drive cause i read somewhere that driving in 4 hi on the interstate was bad. In Other 4 wheel drives i had owned I would have just put it in 4 hi and drove with out thinking about it. Most of the cars, suvs, and ect were traveling at 70 mph or so. ( I think they were nutz) When i tried to accelerate to keep up, the wind would throw me accross the interstate sideways almost hitting the ditch several times. I traveled about 50mph all the way there, both hands on the wheel and was pretty much white knuckled all the way there. I know when its icy in town i put it in 4 hi to have better control and to keep from sliding so much. I am thinking now that i should have had my jeep in 4 hi to keep better control of my vehicle on the icy interstate, and the information i have read somewhere was wrong. The only thing my owners manual says is not to use 4 wheel drive on dry pavement. I don't think this was considered as dry pavement yesterday.

For those of you who live up north and drive on an icy interstate once in a while, What do you do?

I think i could have had my TJ in 4 hi and traveled about 60 mph keeping better control of my vehicle.

At least when i left fargo to come back home yesterday the roads were all cleared off. That made me happy.

Anyway i would like your opionion from those with experiance on driving in conditions like this.

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You can operate your Jeep at any speed in 4 wheel high. It will not do any damage to the transfer case. I don'[t know that it would help considerably with the crosswind though, the TJ tends to catch crosswinds like a big sail due to its extremely aerodynamic shape. Sorry, couldn't even get that out with a straight face. as long as the ground is covered with snow/ice and the driveline has some "slip" to unbind you will be just fine.

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Thanks for the info jeeperman. Thats what i had thought. I think i could have handled the cross wind just fine if i had better control of my wheels. I would hit a little bump in the highway and i could feel my jeep slide a little under me, It made me kinda nervous. The cross wind didn't help, but i think i could have handled it better with the 4 wheel drive engaged.
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Old 03-01-2008, 10:34 AM   #5
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I use to have a long commute when I lived in Maryland and 4wd definately made for a smoother trip on those winter snowy/icey drives.
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its fine if the whole road is covered in snow, but if you are driving in tracks where there isnt any snow or very little then you should put it in and out of 4wd as u change lanes or just not use it, besides that my test is if i slam on the gas in second or third and my tires spin its safe to use 4wd, then im not worried that maybe there isn't enough snow etc.etc.
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60 or 70 MPH in snowy/icy conditions on the highway... It amazes me about how not everybody has 4 wheel drive, but everybody has 4 wheel stop, It's not about the speed, but your ability to stop when that idiot in front of you spins out.
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60 or 70 MPH in snowy/icy conditions on the highway... It amazes me about how not everybody has 4 wheel drive, but everybody has 4 wheel stop, It's not about the speed, but your ability to stop when that idiot in front of you spins out.
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if te conditions are that good that you can drive 60-70 mph you donīt need to engage 4WD...
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i use my 4wd to get going then i just throw it in 2wd and i drive like 55-60 if the roads are real bad. but my xterra can go like 75 on the same road becaus the wheelbase is longer thats why us driving 55 in our jeep feels fast then a taurus passes us going 65. its that they are more stable and lower in the cross wind. but if they hit a ditch they are screwed
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Driving along 40mph didn't hit the breaks/gas turn wheel, nothing... all of a sudden the TJ spins out on the snow covered road. What is up with that, I have a friend that said his TJ did the same thing... What is up with the spinouts???????
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What is up with that, I have a friend that said his TJ did the same thing... What is up with the spinouts???????
Short wheel base.
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Short wheel base.
and MT/AT tires that arenīt good on compressed snow or ice on the road.
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never hit the brakes when you are turning, or really never hit the brakes in snow, instead downshift, braking or accelerating are the two worst things you can do in snow, stick to just slow acceleration and deceleration by going through the gears easily and to avoid things turn dont brake, and you'll do fine,
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Goin' back to the top of the thread, Those crosswinds can be a real pain. I took my TJ from Columbus to Pittsburgh a few years ago with 50mph gusts the whole way.

It was the most nerve racking experience of my life. Those flat sides can really catch the wind.

Some of the worst cars to drive for catching wind are TJ's, Honda Elements, and Scion Xb's. IMO
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Has any road tests conceded that short wheel base spinouts in snow/ice are a problem with CJ/YJ/TJ Jeeps? Seems like I am not the only Jeep guy experiencing spinouts in the snow!
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the shorter the wheelbase and the higher the centr of gravity the bigger is te risk of a spinout in snow/on ice. just drive very carefully and everything will be ok.
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good to see im not the only one white knuckled when driving them flat roads with horrible winds in the country. I always used 2 wheel cause i thought it was bad past a certain speed in snow/packed ice. I guess ill use 4hi next winter. I could always feel my jeep shimmy out on those flat roads and was worried the wind would cause me to spin out.

Although i keep it at about 40-45. And always get a silverado or diesel truck that rides my bumper the whole way making me even more nervous lol.

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