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Old 12-06-2013, 05:22 PM   #1
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Snow & ice in Texas, and new to Jeeps!

Generally speaking, do Jeeps tend to be more, less or about the same, performance and handling-wise, while up to speed on the highway (in ice / snow)? I have aggressive tires but curious about the lighter weight of Jeeps.

Before you guys laugh at us southerners about driving on ice / snow, we already know... It is indeed foreign to many of us!-).

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Old 12-06-2013, 09:07 PM   #2
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Although, most of us from TN do not have a lot of experience driving in snow and ice, I would think we have a little more than you Texans. It's been my experience that the bigger the tire's footprint, the worse it will be on icy or snow-covered streets. Narrower tires put more pressure onto a smaller surface area which improves traction on slick surfaces. Be careful out there, we got about an inch of ice today. Checkout this link for some more info:

Jeep Snow Driving Tips - JP Magazine

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Old 12-06-2013, 09:09 PM   #3
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Tires are great for traction on everything but ice. Four will drive will get you going but you still have to STOP!!!

No advantage on ice with a Jeep.

Snow that is not beaten down you have an advantage.

Best to stay home and watch the southerner bumper car 500 on the news.
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Great posts. Thanks!!
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Old 12-06-2013, 10:29 PM   #5
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You can get snow/ice tires like blizzaks or nokkians and they will make a world of difference
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Old 12-06-2013, 11:35 PM   #6
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You can get snow/ice tires like blizzaks or nokkians and they will make a world of difference
I appreciate it, but this happens about twice a year. We'll be back in the 80's within a week, I'm sure.
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Old 12-07-2013, 11:53 AM   #7
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I got chains for my 35s and the jeep does great.lol. I always run in 4 hi if its slick enough to drive slow. These little fellers spin around quick cause of the shorter wheelbase. If I chain up I run them on the front. Unless you have to go to work or just want to go play, I would stay home.
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Old 12-07-2013, 01:37 PM   #8
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I had chains for all 4 when I lived in the Sierras, if I was only putting them on two wheels I'd put them on the rear even though you would have better steering and more weight with them on the up front.

The problem with the short wheelbase is the front and rear want to swap places, having chains on the front means when braking the front will grab and the rear will want to come around, especially downhill, but that's just my experience yours may differ. The great thing about 4x4 is you have the option of driving out of an emergency rather than braking and letting the vehicle go where it takes you, usually into another vehicle.
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Old 12-07-2013, 02:31 PM   #9
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OP...... as a life long resident and a life long traveler of snowy/icy states AND an observer of "south of the Mason-Dixon" drivers..... STAY HOME...... there is NO SPEED safe for you people in even RAINY conditions. I saw 80 people pile up in TX during a RAINSTORM.....

STAY HOME......STAY HOME.....STAY HOME......

The statements that 4WD does not help you stop faster is NOT true.... if you use dynamic braking, your drive train can SIGNIFICANTLY reduce your stopping distances IF you are driving properly in the first place.
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I had chains for all 4 when I lived in the Sierras, if I was only putting them on two wheels I'd put them on the rear even though you would have better steering and more weight with them on the up front.

The problem with the short wheelbase is the front and rear want to swap places, having chains on the front means when braking the front will grab and the rear will want to come around, especially downhill, but that's just my experience yours may differ. The great thing about 4x4 is you have the option of driving out of an emergency rather than braking and letting the vehicle go where it takes you, usually into another vehicle.
Interesting. That makes good sense. I have never experienced that but I could see it. Especially if you have to gouge on the brakes...

I drive like an old woman for the most part.lol I use my gears til first isnt slowing me down any more then I start getting in the brakes. Nice and easy does it

If I really have stuff to do I run chains on all 4 on my f250. The jeep is just a toy..
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while up to speed on the highway (in ice / snow)?

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I just noticed this part of your post. This will be your biggest problem on snow and ice. lol You cant safely run highway speeds in snow and ice.

I was in El Paso once and it rained like hell for about an hour and I couldnt believe the stuff I saw. People spinning out on corners, sliding through signal lights and hydroplaning into barriers. It was like they were driving on ice. I couldnt imagine actual ice... It would be entertaining though.
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A line from a James Mcmurtry song,Ain't nothing worse than a Texan on ice.yjmcb
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A line from a James Mcmurtry song,Ain't nothing worse than a Texan on ice.yjmcb
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And I'm a Texan. Most of us can't drive on ice period.
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I'm a native Texan, but I had 3 years of mandatory snow/ice driver's training in Alaska.
I was in the military and it was mandatory that I get to work every day. LOL

Now that I'm back home in Texas, I can hardly believe what I see out there on the roads.
The biggest no-nos I see are people following other people too closely and stopping on bridges.
I honestly don't know what they are thinking.
It seems that they are either too intimidated by the conditions, or they are over confident. Either way is bad.

My best experiences driving in snow and ice were in Wranglers (YJ, a TJ, & a JK) and a Suzuki Samurai.
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All I can say is that its a blast driving in the snow no matter what the conditions and even helping people get out of ditches especially last year was the best part.
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All I can say is that its a blast driving in the snow no matter what the conditions and even helping people get out of ditches especially last year was the best part.
^^^ this.

Sliding around last night was freakin' sweet.
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All I can say is that its a blast driving in the snow no matter what the conditions and even helping people get out of ditches especially last year was the best part.

Yep, I pulled our pizza delivery girl out of her driveway yesterday cause her 4x4 wouldnt engage. Pulled a big ford extended van out today like 200 feet to the road. Nothing like 4hi in a 7.3 in 3rd gear held to the floor. Blowing smoke and hollering. We got to the road and the guy says "I didnt think you could get me out but that was a hell of a tow"...lol I jerked the crap out of him too. I was winding up in 3rd gear by the time I hit the end of a 50' strap.

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