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Driving to steamboat springs this winter. Any advice for driving in snow/ice?
post #2 of 9
Be careful and don't be in a hurry.
post #3 of 9
use the gears to keep you from slowing, dont use the breaks a whole lot, and if you got to use the breaks to keep you from goin out of control, keep on them, and steer too
post #4 of 9
More of the same: stay off the breaks, take your time. But let me emphasize this: go slow. The time you'll save by going 10 mph faster is far outweighed by the lower stress levels you'll have driving at a managable speed. Then again, you might have sunny skies and clear roads for the drive (it can dump once you arrive).
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Drive smoothly - the way you'd like to ski - no sudden inputs to the steering, gas, or brakes. Maintain a longer distance between you and the vehicle in front of you than you normally would on dry pavement. If you are renting a car at the airport, it probably will have all-season tires instead of snow tires, which won't give you as much traction in deep snow and slick conditions. Don't use cruise control on any thing but dry roads. Have fun and don't let the other fools on the road get to you. Just 'cause they're goin' faster than you doesn't mean that they know what they're doing.
post #6 of 9
Watch out for the elk herd north of Kremmling. An elk crashing through the windshield can ruin your day.

Take it easy driving over Rabbit Ears Pass. Some Nebraskan tried to go up it sideways in front of me once.

Enroll in the winter driving course program in Steamboat. The worst you can do is zoom very fast in circles in someone else's car. Wweeeeee!!!! I saw the Golden cops doing this on Georgetown lake with full lights and sirens on last winter. I think they were having too much fun spinning around on all that ice.
post #7 of 9
don't drive like a moronic flatlander. that's my advice.
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on snowy roads pretend there is an egg under both your Gas and brake pedals. You do not want to break that egg. Gentle application of brake, gas, and steering input is the key. Driving in deep snow is more of an art than a tecnical ability. And like everyone says, go slower than you would if it was dry out. If you are going 30 mph in a snow storm, you might go off the road and get stuck in a snow bank. If you are going 70 mph in a snow storm, you might go off the road, roll your car bounce back into a traffic lane and hit another car, seriously injuring you and severl other people (I saw it last weekend on rabbit ears pass.
post #9 of 9
Use gears to help slow down and maintain speed, no irradic jumps (steering, brakes, or gas), get a 4WD rental, and the biggest thing in my opinion, make sure that when going into a turn, you are at your slowest at the begining of the turn and try not to break while turning, you're better off going a little too slow into the turn and gently accelerating out of the turn.
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