Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Montevideo, Minnesota
Car Year: 2000
Car Model: Forester
Well for driving in the snow for many years in all kinds of cars, it really doesn't matter what you have for stopping. With ABS you'll feel like you arn't getting enough stopping power and with no ABS you'll feel the opposite! The best thing you can to is simply slow down early! The way I like to think about it is that the sooner you apply the brakes, the quicker you slow your rotating mass, and the sooner your tires, winter or not, can gain proper grip. When dealing with black ice, or watery ice, you may be SOL in certain situations. What I like to do in most situations, and any car, no matter how familiar, is to give a strong brake tap when I think theres a slick patch, especially on a freeway ramp, intersection or stop sign. This way I am aware of the conditions and they don't just appear when I don't need them. Ice driving takes practice, patience and awareness that neither you, your car or the other cars and their drivers are going to be able to stop suddenly. All said and done, when the temperature drops, so should your speed as well as your space for braking should increase. Go get some practice in, in the quite part of town tonight, just to get the feel.
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