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Old 12-08-2010, 12:23 AM   #1
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Winter driving tips

So while ICBC and your local police invest your tax and insurance premium dollars in driving into watermelons and braking way too late for cardboard boxes, here's something that might actually be useful:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZCeZ5g-CKc

Would it have been that hard for the BC government to come up with something educational and even slightly interesting?
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Lenko's winter tip: if you don't know how to drive in the snow, teaching yourself how on public roads when it DOES snow is a baaaaaad idea. Especially on a hill. Do us all a favour and just stay home.
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Lenko's winter tip: if you don't know how to drive in the snow, teaching yourself how on public roads when it DOES snow is a baaaaaad idea. Especially on a hill. Do us all a favour and just stay home.
Where do you suppose one learns how to drive in snow?
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Where do you suppose one learns how to drive in snow?
Hire a professional driving school instructor for some winter driving lessons?

Here's also a reason why if you don't have proper winter equipment and education, you should probably stay at home...

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Where do you suppose one learns how to drive in snow?
On a day like today... head up to Seymour or Cypress and hit up one of the lesser-used (aka far away) overflow lots. I was up Cypress this morning and it's dead up there, but there's a foot of snow in the far lot. Fun to learn, and no one around.
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On a day like today... head up to Seymour or Cypress and hit up one of the lesser-used (aka far away) overflow lots. I was up Cypress this morning and it's dead up there, but there's a foot of snow in the far lot. Fun to learn, and no one around.
Because everyone lives next to a ski hill...

However if you do find a snow covered parking lot to brush up on your winter driving skills, there's a good chance your car will be impounded under the stunting laws if a cop happens to see you. And with the way the BC government likes to do business you'll be lucky if it doesn't get siezed under the civil forfeiture act.
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Because everyone lives next to a ski hill...

However if you do find a snow covered parking lot to brush up on your winter driving skills, there's a good chance your car will be impounded under the stunting laws if a cop happens to see you. And with the way the BC government likes to do business you'll be lucky if it doesn't get siezed under the civil forfeiture act.
Reckless driving bro. Been there done that. Or if there's people there and he doesn't wanna use lube he'll give you dangerous driving.

And snow's easy to find, just gotta know where to look.
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Because everyone lives next to a ski hill...
Most of the Lower Mainland is within an hour of Seymour or Cypress.

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Most of the Lower Mainland is within an hour of Seymour or Cypress.
Yeah, I don't live "next" to Cypress... far from it, actually.
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but considering how little snow most people see in BC - how do you expect the RCMP to set up snow driving courses in the few days that we do actually have snow?

Last time it snowed - it lasted a day. And the times where it actually snows for longer periods of times - people can't even leave their houses to attend the courses... This isn't like the east where people see snow a few months of the year.

And the majority of the people in BC are in the same situation...
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However if you do find a snow covered parking lot to brush up on your winter driving skills, there's a good chance your car will be impounded under the stunting laws if a cop happens to see you. And with the way the BC government likes to do business you'll be lucky if it doesn't get siezed under the civil forfeiture act.
Did this once with a driving instructor. Big lot, pylons on the ground, and did exercises just to learn how to control a car in the snow. I don't see how an officer could mistake my driving from 0-50-0 and making a 90-degree turn for "stunting".

There isn't a whole lot to learning to drive in the snow; understand how a car gets traction, feather the throttle [and clutch], don't go faster than conditions and common sense permit, leave plenty of room in front, and be VERY aware of your surroundings. Follow these rules and there shouldn't be much of a need to perform emergency evasive stunt-like maneuvers the majority of the time.

With that said, what do you do when you "brush up on your winter driving skills"?
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With that said, what do you do when you "brush up on your winter driving skills"?
Muscle memory comes into play during panic reactions in emergency situations. While doing some simple braking and turning exercises in the costco parking lot during the first snowfall of the year is good practice, there is never enough time to repeat it enough for your reactions to become second-nature.

That being said, if you are doing simple braking and turning exercises in a parking lot and someone in a lifted 4x4 is doing donuts nearby, you don't think you'd be guilty by association if a police car drives by?
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I don't know.... with Snow - the only thing you can really do is just drive slowly. There aren't many exercises you can really do - because it's so unpredictable with snow.

I'm almost worried that someone who has "practiced" in a parking lot - might just end up driving quicker.
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Quite the opposite.. practicing driving in the snow in a more controlled environment makes you actually realize how slow you need to go to properly control the car. That way you know what your vehicle, tires, etc and driving ability can handle (speed wise) before you are out on the roads with other cars.

When I was learning to drive, Pops took me up Seymour and hit up the parking lots.. I almost wrecked the car up there, trying to go too fast. Now when it snows down here, I feel way more prepared.. even now, many years later.. I still appreciate that experience because I see how other people are unable to drive in the snow.. better yet, I can anticipate some of what they're going to do and avoid them!!
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I'm with practicing in empty, snow-covered parking lots. Cars these days are equipped with so many safety features that people need to familiarize themselves with. ABS, stability and traction control are great assists, and are truly effective if you know how they respond. Snow driving in empty lots is also good for verifying your equipment is working properly.
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That being said, if you are doing simple braking and turning exercises in a parking lot and someone in a lifted 4x4 is doing donuts nearby, you don't think you'd be guilty by association if a police car drives by?
No.
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i did it once at the Lansdowne parking lot in the middle of the night. Got in trouble.

lol. But I did convince the officer otherwise though 'cuz i had some cones lined out in the far corner of the lot where there were no cars or bumps.

It helped a lot. Too bad we don't have places to do them around here.


And god forbid, DON'T DRIVE YOUR FUCKING MUSTANG/R8/M3/M5 IN THE SNOW! YOU DON'T LOOK COOL! JUST LIKE A DUMBASS WITH NO SENSE!

and last but not least: GET SOME F'ING SNOW TYRES! THEY'RE NOT THAT MUCH MONEY, CONSIDERING YOU ALREADY HAVE A 50+K CAR! JESUS!!!
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It's funny how many BMW's you see stuck in the snow.
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^ absolutely. And a bunch of cars that shouldn't be in there to begin with.

so far I've seen from 2 winters ago until now

CLK 430 on 19" chromes, see-sawing on an island.
Mustang GTs, So many I don't know how many
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COUNTLESS BMW/BENZ sedans/coupes
And the list just goes on. lol
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