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Old 08-15-2014, 03:55 PM   #1
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No driving in the winter

My parents don't agree with me driving my jeep in the winter because it is "unsafe" anything they should know that it's fine to?

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Old 08-15-2014, 04:22 PM   #2
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ask them what vehicle is safer in the winter than your jeep.

a Prius?

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Old 08-15-2014, 04:49 PM   #3
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It's slides around a lot but I'm getting new tires so hopefully it'll chance it a bit
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Old 08-15-2014, 04:53 PM   #4
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It's 4 wheel drive... My first car was a '69 Mustang with a 429 in it. Talk about unsafe. My next vehicle was a '76 CJ-7 with an AMC 360 in it. That was when I was 17... I am 45 and still living after years of driving Jeeps and sportscars in the winter.
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Old 08-15-2014, 05:12 PM   #5
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The Jeep has 4 wheel drive. With decent tires (preferably AT or street with extreme weather rating) it'll be hard to get stuck, within reason, of course. A sport bar that will provide more overhead protection in the event of a roll over than a regular car. A full frame, again, more protection than a regular car.

You'd be hard pressed to find a safer, better winter vehicle. One more thing, it's got an outstanding heater.
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And just so they know, if you don't drive it correctly, ANY vehicle is unsafe.
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Old 08-15-2014, 05:19 PM   #7
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yeah, i'm failing to see what is unsafe about this...

as long as the vehicle is maintained and has a decent set of tires on it, not much safer...especially with 4wd.

I dont think i used 4wd the entire first winter i had mine when i living in Iowa
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Old 08-15-2014, 05:33 PM   #8
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The jeep is safer than most vehicles. 1 it's 4wd. 2 it had seatbelts like other vehicles. 3 you have roll bars so the roof doesn't crush you're head...
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ask them what vehicle is safer in the winter than your jeep.

a Prius?
My front wheel drive Camry with Firestone winter force tires is significantly safer during inclement weather than my locked TJ on 35s. In fact, the Camry will outperform my TJ in all conditions except deep snow.
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Old 08-15-2014, 07:46 PM   #10
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Pretty simple:

Drive like a crazy person, then it's unsafe.

Like what everyone else said, Jeeps are great to drive in the winter. I think they are the best in the winter because they have 4WD and can tow people out when they get stuck.
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Old 08-15-2014, 07:53 PM   #11
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It's my moms thing in just trying to get out and rip as much as possible
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Old 08-15-2014, 08:04 PM   #12
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Just remember there is little to no fishtail or slip forgiveness. Its not going to be something you can drift out the rear end and recover with ease. They like to spin around like crazy.
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Old 08-15-2014, 08:13 PM   #13
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If you were my son, I would want you to drive a 4 cylinder, front wheel drive, toyota with front and side curtain air bags.
Boring as it can get, but you might live.

I love my Rubicon.
Its perfect for when you run off the road. You have locking differentials, 4 wheel drive, a winch, big tready tires, and a roll cage.
But, I would prefer that I did not run off the road in the first place.
The super short wheel base means that when it starts to slip, it can get out of control fast.
The rear wheel drive and wide tires are not the best on icy roads.
I get it. Your parents want you on the road.

Big cole is a logical adult.
Sounds like your parents are as well.

If your parents are going to provide you with a safer, but less cool option to drive in the winter, I would take it.
Look at it this way, if you wreck the honda in the winter, you will still have the Wrangler when the weather turns nice.
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Old 08-15-2014, 08:17 PM   #14
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Just remember there is little to no fishtail or slip forgiveness. Its not going to be something you can drift out the rear end and recover with ease. They like to spin around like crazy.
The above is the primary, if not only reason a TJ is a terrible winter icy slush and snow car. Id hate to get a wiggle at highway speed driving my TJ. Its ok though. It just gives you an excellent excuse to pick up an XJ or ZJ :-)
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Old 08-15-2014, 08:54 PM   #15
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My front wheel drive Camry with Firestone winter force tires is significantly safer during inclement weather than my locked TJ on 35s. In fact, the Camry will outperform my TJ in all conditions except deep snow.
What if you put dedicated snow tires on the jeep?
Make it a fair comparison at least

I agree though, they spin fast, short wheel base
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Old 08-15-2014, 09:13 PM   #16
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Who bought the Jeep?
Who pays for the insurance?
Who provides and pays for the property that you and "your" Jeep park?

If the answer to any of those questions are your parents, just listen to them. Be glad you have a parent that cares these days.

If you are on your own, tell them to pound sand and drive the Jeep.

I get it. I put my parents through hell wrecking their cars.
Now with a driving teenaged kid, it's all coming back to haunt me.
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Old 08-15-2014, 09:21 PM   #17
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What's unsafe is being stuck in the middle of the road with a FWD or RWD car. The thing to remember with a jeep is that you can get going easily but stopping is the same as any other car. I have learned that lesson up here in Minnesota
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Old 08-15-2014, 09:23 PM   #18
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I can agree with everyone else on here.

A smart driver can with ease in almost any vehicle with the right tires. Go slow downhill so you dont whip around. Even uphill with too much gas the rear could slip. If you do slide going downhill, dont mash the breaks but kinda pump em til you regain control. Good tires are a must, I prefer BFG ATs.

Someone mentioned a front wheel drive small car, those can do great too, just not in deep snow. Thats what I learned to drive in snow with and was riding around picking up friends lol. Now with the Jeep I pull em out when they get stuck lol.

Just gotta use smarts, kinda like tackling a trail, but a Jeep is very safe in my opinion as others have stated why.

Icy conditions are a whole nother factor vs snow. Or the type of snow even. If it dont feel safe you simply dont do it.

I've been in up to 20-22"s of snow and done amazingly up hill and down hill. In this picture Im in a foot of snow going over a mountain. Was so pretty. Jeep constantly amazes me.

Lastly, its others you really have to watch out for. Best of luck!
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Old 08-15-2014, 09:58 PM   #19
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Winter driving is easy. Know your vehicle and what it's capable of. Don't exceed this and you will have no problems. Also a big help is drive like you don't have brakes.
I learned to drive in the snow in a 2wd pickup. Worst thing was having the momentum built up to go up a hill but having to stop because somebody was spun out up the hill. What a pia to get going again. This one of the great things about 4wd. Always have to watch out for the other person.
So far my favorite ride in the snow has been a
1 ton diesel pickup. Easiest thing to drive in the snow. With all that weight out front it goes where it's pointed and it also helps in stopping. I ran it in 2wd in 30" of snow with no problems. 4wd it was unstoppable.
This will be my first winter in a Jeep so I'm looking forward to it!
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Old 08-15-2014, 10:24 PM   #20
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Know your Jeep and know that it won't stop on a dime. If you do spin, never overcorrect. I spun out on black ice in sunny weather after a snowstorm. Took me for a nice 360, luckily on side roads. Remember, just because you have 4 wheel, doesn't mean you can go 65-70 on highways during the snow. Seen too many 4 wheel lifted and stocked trucks think they can. More often than not, I'm waving and laughing at them because they were in a hurry and thought their 4 wheel could do anything.

One thing you might want to try is to see if you can take a winter driving course? I took one and I learned how to get our of a spin. My instructor put me in a ditch, again after a snowstorm, and told me to get out. And yes this was when I first got my Jeep stocked.
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Old 08-15-2014, 10:38 PM   #21
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My front wheel drive Camry with Firestone winter force tires is significantly safer during inclement weather than my locked TJ on 35s. In fact, the Camry will outperform my TJ in all conditions except deep snow.
I had Winterforce tires on my Focus wagon. It came with Goodyear Eagles when new. An all season tire but useless in even minimal snow. The Winterforce tires were amazing. This will be my first winter in a Jeep, so will have to see what I think, but have been driving here in the Great White North for 40 years, so should be okay, although will take the advice to heart regarding the short wheelbase.
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Old 08-15-2014, 10:40 PM   #22
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Just a thought here but dont most auto makers have small cars with wheel base about the same as a jeep? Some I realize are front wheel drive but not all. I know they spin out just like our jeeps do. I'll take my jeep any day
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Old 08-15-2014, 10:57 PM   #23
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Just remember there is little to no fishtail or slip forgiveness. Its not going to be something you can drift out the rear end and recover with ease. They like to spin around like crazy.
^^^^^^^^This. Last winter was my first in the Jeep...straight ahead could not be stopped...emergency stops were plain scary!
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Old 08-16-2014, 09:19 PM   #24
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My parents don't agree with me driving my jeep in the winter because it is "unsafe" anything they should know that it's fine to?
Does your TJ have ABS brakes by chance?
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Old 08-16-2014, 10:01 PM   #25
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My first car a couple years back was a 4 speed Pontiac Fiero... I daily drove it through the North East Ohio winters. I had no issues with it. Sure there were time's where it wanted to go, or even went sideways, but with a little skill you could easily correct it. Personally I liked learning in that. If I could drive it in the winter, what couldn't I? My Cherokee did a thousand times better in the snow. I can only guess the Wrangler will be the same. Never had ABS, with discipline you learn to pump brakes well.

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