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Old 01-05-2014, 10:21 AM   #1
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Winter Driving Help

I have a stock 1995 Wrangler Rio Grande. It's a stick and this is my first winter driving so my dad is worried about how badly we've been sliding. Right now I have all terrains on it which are shot (not extremely oversized) we have wrangler radials on the way to replace them. It seems like on every left turn, even in 4 wheel, I fishtail and sometimes even slide out (3 times on a 10 minute drive to church today). I'm not a bad driver and even my dad who was a commercial driver all of his life is experiencing the same problems. Will new tires fix this? Is there another solution any of you can think of? We have about 8 inches of snow and are expecting a lot more so any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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Old 01-05-2014, 12:34 PM   #2
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Chains should fix that problem. I have had those same tires. They are not the best for snow. But if you get chains that fit correctly you will be fine.

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Old 01-05-2014, 12:37 PM   #3
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Which tires weren't the best for snow? The a/t's?
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Old 01-05-2014, 12:42 PM   #4
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I just put on some wrangler mt/r's my neighborhood never gets plowed and has about 2 inches of ice covering it and I don't slip at all unless I really try to
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Old 01-05-2014, 01:13 PM   #5
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Speed is not you friend in the snow. Downshift instead of breaking and ease into your turns. Turning sharply, going to fast and braking will all make you lose traction. New tires should help.
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Old 01-05-2014, 03:52 PM   #6
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Speed is not you friend in the snow. Downshift instead of breaking and ease into your turns. Turning sharply, going to fast and braking will all make you lose traction. New tires should help.
This^^^

You want to coast thru corners as much as you can. Brake before you even start to turn and accelerate gently after the turn. You only have 100% traction at max. When your on ice you have 50% or less. Turning requires 20-30% and so does braking or accelerating. Its real easy to lose traction when asking multiple things of your vehicle.

It really sounds like your 4wd isnt working to me or your tires are just TOTALLY shot...
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Old 01-05-2014, 05:15 PM   #7
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I'm thinking it's the tires. They have barely any tread and we had the 4x4 checked out and they said it was working perfectly. Hopefully the new ones come soon
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Old 01-06-2014, 01:59 PM   #8
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Tires are defiantly a major factor of traction, but also experience is huge too. go out and drive around for a while. you will get used to winter driving. my jeep has taught me MANY lessons while driving on snow and ice, and unless you have ABS, dont expect to turn and brake at the same time! i doubt that many YJ's have ABS. I also think that a stick is great in the snow because you can really control wheel spin. Have fun and be safe!
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Old 01-06-2014, 02:15 PM   #9
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Tires are the most important factor with driving skill a close second. With bad tires even the best driver will have problems. Get a winter rated (snowflake on the tire) tire like the Goodyear Silent Armors. They are great in rain, quiet and beasts on hardpack, deep snow and ice. Siping is extremely important to ice/hardpack traction. The big lugs on MTs are like hockey pucks on ice, ok in deep snow but lousy otherwise. 90% of the time when I see someone in the ditch in snowy weather they have bad tires.
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Too much speed and bad tires are top two contributors to losing control in snow and ice.
Chains aren't really practical for everyday driving taking them off and putting them back on.
I run Goodyear Duratrac's that are excellent in winter conditions.
You can also invest in snow tires. My wife's SUV was slipping all over the place even with her all season tires. We went and bought a set of Cooper A/T snow tires and much better.
It should be better with your new tires if not you may need to go to a snow tire with more siping and softer rubber compound.
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I'm thinking it's the tires. They have barely any tread and we had the 4x4 checked out and they said it was working perfectly. Hopefully the new ones come soon
Tires will help for sure. I had the same exact issue and it was a complete 180 with new tires
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Old 01-07-2014, 12:02 PM   #12
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Suggestion: Take your Dad and go to a snow covered parking lot that has no obstructions and practice making turns, starts and stops, and etc. to learn how the jeep handles so you eliminate surprises on the road. My Dad did this with me years ago and it really helped.
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Old 01-07-2014, 12:24 PM   #13
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I would say its driver error. If you are sliding that much, slow down. No reason to spin out 3 times. Spin out once and change your driving habits. I have BFG A/T and I have to try to get the end loose and when it does, just power through it. Its 4x4 letting off the gas has a tendency to spin the ass around. If you stay in the gas (not like a race car driver) but in the gas, the front wheels will pull you trough.

I also say go to a parking lot and HAVE FUN. 4 wheel drive donuts drifting etc etc. The more you play in a safe area the more you will know how to handle the Jeep in an emergency situation.
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i would say its driver error. If you are sliding that much, slow down. No reason to spin out 3 times. Spin out once and change your driving habits. I have bfg a/t and i have to try to get the end loose and when it does, just power through it. Its 4x4 letting off the gas has a tendency to spin the ass around. If you stay in the gas (not like a race car driver) but in the gas, the front wheels will pull you trough. I also say go to a parking lot and have fun. 4 wheel drive donuts drifting etc etc. The more you play in a safe area the more you will know how to handle the jeep in an emergency situation.
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