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Old 12-10-2013, 09:58 AM   #1
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Snow driving tips!!!

This will be my first snow with the wrangler. Last year I had a Cherokee and driving in the snow even with 4wd was miserable. So much wheel locking and sliding into guard rails. Awful things like that. Any tips before I brave the roads?!

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Old 12-11-2013, 07:39 PM   #5
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This will be my first snow with the wrangler. Last year I had a Cherokee and driving in the snow even with 4wd was miserable. So much wheel locking and sliding into guard rails. Awful things like that. Any tips before I brave the roads?!
Errrrr....wheel locking and sliding into guardrails? What r you doing with that thing? Slow and steady is the way to go...and stay off the brakes....or go ultra easy on 'em when you must. 4WD does not make you Superman.
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Well I for one applaud you for acknowledging your problem and asking for help before it's too late. Growing up here in the NE I am utterly shocked at the inability of some drivers in snow or other inclement weather.

But back to your concern: think light and slow. 1 Light on the gas, longer and lighter in the brakes. You don't want to spin tires, that only gets you rutted in ice. And you definitely don't want hard braking, that only gets you into those guard rails. And 2 Slow with more distance. Be safe.
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Make sure you have good tires and good tread too
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Old 12-19-2013, 02:03 AM   #8
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Make sure you have good tires and good tread too

+1, the right tires make a huge difference in snow and ice. I suggest Goodyear Duratracs or Silent Armors.
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This was my first snow with my Rubicon, it is decent in 2 wheel drive, had some slippage when first getting moving in 2wd. In 4wd the thing is a beast, never once had an issue as I put it through some paces to see it's limits.
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Just be real careful when approaching those limits, IF you know where they are, even. It gets hairy PDQ, especially when you exceed them in 4wd. :o
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Old 12-21-2013, 05:15 AM   #11
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personally I just go as fast as I feel confident to stop my vehicle before anything gets hit. I don't worry about trying to keep up with all the idiots (especially on the freeway). As stated in earlier posts I keep plenty of distance to anyone in front of me. I look far farther ahead than normal and, I am surprised nobody mentioned this before, I use the engine to slow down whenever possible. I downshift to two and one when I can instead of using the brakes. It helps especially on a slope and in my experience reduces the tendency for the vehicle to slide. This works for me in two or four wheel drive. Like I tell all of my new guys who show up to New England for the first time, four wheel drive helps you go not stop. You would be surprised how many four wheel drive vehicles get pulled out of the ditch or run into things. In winter driving slow and steady wins the race.
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Old 12-23-2013, 02:33 PM   #12
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This was my first snow with my Rubicon, it is decent in 2 wheel drive, had some slippage when first getting moving in 2wd. In 4wd the thing is a beast, never once had an issue as I put it through some paces to see it's limits.
Same here, picked up my '08 JKR back in March and this was my first opportunity to really 'use' 4wd. Was looking for excuses to drive around (though now I really want to get her off-road). Like a R&T reviewer said a while back "If the Rubicon can't get you there you need a mule and a Sherpa".
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Old 01-04-2014, 03:01 PM   #13
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Had my first snow experience with my 14 JK sport yesterday. After getting used to a RWD car even with blizzaks on the rear (bad idea BTW. Only after I purchased the 2 did I find out you should always change all 4 tires and not just the two on the drive axle) the jeep was night and day difference. I was actually oversteering a lot because I no longer had to compensate for understeer.

To go along with everyone else, take your time. Letting the engine slow you down works, even if it's an automatic with pretend manual mode. ABS helps but isn't going to prevent you from sliding if you slam on the brake. TCS helps, but isn't going to stop you from sliding if you slam on the gas.

Nothing beats having good snow tires. Even with 4WD each tire has a limit. Snow and ice dramatically reduce the limit the tires can handle, and there no electronic aid that can change that. The only way to increase the limits of your tires in the snow is to have properly rated boots on the Jeep.
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Its kind of funny to hear people talking about this, being born and raised in CT I guess snow driving is just part of life. Hell as a teenager I had an 86 monte carlo with crappy used tires and I drove it all over the place in the snow it was fun. These days I have all 4x4 vehicles , obviously the tires have the final say as far as traction goes and changing conditions can require different driving styles. Don't be afraid to drive 20 mph if you feel that is the safest speed, use momentum to carry you up hills but not too much or else you cant stop at the top. The guy in the big F350 behind you might want to go 80mph but that's his problem. I recently drove the Jeep in the snow at the height of the storm and it was really well behaved. The lack of traction control was no big deal I drove in 2wd and 4wd and even in 2wd the duratracs gripped well. just as stated before light on the gas light on the brake and leave plenty of room and time to slow down. When going around corners you may need to slow almost to a stop, otherwise into the guard rails you go.

If we can drive them in the woods and plow through 3 inches of ice up to the bumpers then you can drive it on the street no problem with the advice everyone posted. I saw a TJ drive up a cliff in the snow on Saturday, he just had to carry enough momentum to make it and then let off at the top to avoid slamming the brakes and hitting trees.

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