Snow driving stuff
Just thought I'd share my experiences.
I took my car out to a back road and decided to test spinning out. Boy! Was I in for a surprise! Little did I know how freaked out I would be. I eventually got used to driving in snow, but BOY, a 180 degree spin... yikes!!
There are a few things I realized when driving with freshly sticking snow. I'd like to share a few with you. I'm open to be corrected or to have more knowledge since tonight's drive made me feel like a total newb driver.
Anyways, I was driving my family's 1985 FF Corolla (alone) with the 1.6L carburated engine (78hp/82tq). All-season tires were in use. The snow was freshly falling and had coated the ground already.
During the few minutes I tested my skills (or lack thereof, which I found out soon enough), I brought my car up to a steady 25 km/h, turned slightly, and pulled the e-brake. WHOOSH! My car switched ends even when I tried to countersteer. "It was like drifting... but not really". LOL. I did this a few times (turning left and pulling my e-brake, then turning right and doing the same) until I started to get a feel to what sliding was like.
I like my Dad's advice when I told him about my drive: "If you ever get into a skid, I wish you good luck." What I learned: Drive slow and steady. Any reckless snow driving will lead to an accident or damage to your car almost 100% of the time. I realized that there's a certain point in a spin out where the only thing one can do is just spin out more. Past that point, countersteering and even accelerating proved in effective.
Another thing I learned: With FWD (and possibly AWD), the best way to get out of a spin out is to point in the direction that you want your car to be going and facing and press on the accelerator, not the brake. I found that when I *instinctly* pressed on the brake while going into a slide (no ABS here), my car just spun out more. I ended up stopping, but not before doing an uncontrolled 180 degree spin. When I countersteered and pressed the throttle, my car swayed here and there, but I'd eventually regain traction. (This reminds me of the slalom level in one of the License tests in Gran Turismo). It MAY be different with ABS. Anyone care to add?
One more thing: BUY SNOW TIRES if you're gonna drive out in the snow lots. Or just drive super slow.
It was fun and exhilirating. I'm hoping to practice a bit more so I'm more trained to tackle in case I ever really need to.
Sorry for the long post. I just had a ton of fun.
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Sooo... when can *I* get a Mazda 3?