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Old 02-22-2014, 11:16 PM   #1
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as i understand, its good but if you're actually stuck turn it off to try and get out then back on after ur out and driving
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As a rule of thumb, I leave it turned off.
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A good driver with good instincts and experience can get by without it, however, shit happens (quickly) and even the best drivers can lose it - afterall we are all human.

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^I can, but too lazy to reach for the button, LOLOLOLOL

I've turned it off a few times when I was stuck in deep snow. Stupid Honda VTM-4 combined with VSA.
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A lot of Michael Schumachers will tell you its the worse thing losing traction or how locking your rear wheels while whipping your tail out or stunts of that sort will have better effect. Regardless of what they say, traction controls today are advanced enough to realize what you are doing, what terrain, and whats the optimal to either slow down or straighten out your car.

But it doesn't mean that you can go 20 over in wet snow on balding summers. It's handy for minor slippage and emergencies.

In otherwords, don't overestimate it or rely on it and it's a nice thing to have around.

If you want to see how advanced traction controls can get, look at WRC.
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A lot of Michael Schumachers will tell you its the worse thing losing traction or how locking your rear wheels while whipping your tail out or stunts of that sort will have better effect. Regardless of what they say, traction controls today are advanced enough to realize what you are doing, what terrain, and whats the optimal to either slow down or straighten out your car.

But it doesn't mean that you can go 20 over in wet snow on balding summers. It's handy for minor slippage and emergencies.

In otherwords, don't overestimate it or rely on it and it's a nice thing to have around.

If you want to see how advanced traction controls can get, look at WRC.
I can attest to locking up the rear. It has save me a front bumper once took a corner to hot and was understering strait into a curb untill i pulled the ebrake to kick the rear out then used the throttel to pull me through. (fwd car)
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traction control off for maximum douchebaggery

also, traction control off makes it easy to accelerate in case of an emergency rather than your power cutting out sporadically
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I can attest to locking up the rear. It has save me a front bumper once took a corner to hot and was understering strait into a curb untill i pulled the ebrake to kick the rear out then used the throttel to pull me through. (fwd car)
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in my world, the traction control button is good only for turning it off so that you can do a proper burnout
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traction control button is good only for the slushy area's where it automatically kicks in.....i wouldn't trust my life on it going over the speed limit & starting to slip around corners in icy/wet conditions
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Everyone thinks they are Sébastien Loeb in a prepped WRC car, but the reality is, in 99% of the driving that anyone does (city/highway), once you put the ego aside, most modern traction control systems are far superior to most people's driving ability.
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Depends. If you rely on it, not good. If you use it as a tool then yeah it can be good.

Personally I usually turn my TC off in the snow. I feel like I have more control over the car and I've had some TC systems do weird stuff before in the snow. Mind you I have a lot of experience driving in the snow as well as high performance driving so I feel comfortable doing that.
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Everyone thinks they are Sébastien Loeb in a prepped WRC car, but the reality is, in 99% of the driving that anyone does (city/highway), once you put the ego aside, most modern traction control systems are far superior to most people's driving ability.
It's funny because I see the exact same sentiment amongst motorcycle riders and how they hate any advancement in technology. Be it ABS, or TC, seems like in the motorcycle world, there's no place for technological advances.
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Truth but let's be honest we all want to have fun sometimes wether or not it's whipping the tail out and thinking were Collin McRae or
A motorcyclist thinking there Valentino Rossi and trying to get their knee down on some corners, we are taught as enthusiast to hate advancement in technology that would make us feel less connected with our vehicles.
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Agreed. There is definitely a purist in everyone who wants a 6speed and no nannies. But the nannies are far faster and significantly safer on the road
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In before Timpo. The GTR has a snow mode. So I guess it depends on the car.
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