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5 inches of snow coming to GA ( ok NO laughing!!)

Discussion in '2.5 Gen Tundras (2014-2021)' started by redrum448, Jan 14, 2022 at 4:06 AM.

  1. Jan 14, 2022 at 7:11 AM
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    Seriously? All those who said "Stay home" are not helping at all. Sometimes you HAVE to go somewhere, regardless of the weather or what's on the ground. You learn NOTHING by staying home. The first thing to do is to find a large, empty parking lot and go play. You will learn how the truck handles and will learn how to adjust to get the truck to go where you want it to. I did this as a teenager during the ice storms that the Mid-South gets pretty much every winter, and it has stuck with me my whole life. There are not many situations that I can't handle on the road, thanks to those days of playing!
     
  2. Jan 14, 2022 at 7:16 AM
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    That's a pretty good bit of advice. Here on California (go ahead, flame us) the grapevine gets snow if we have rain in the Winter. For those who don't know, thats a pretty strong grade and a long climb with a lot of big rig transport passing through. When snow hits it can get closed down for several hours, while people are on it. Happened to my uncle and aunt about 3 years ago. Luckily he had food, water, and blankets. The part he had to get creative about was taking a dump. At least he was driving a mini van. After 30 years of marriage they were laughing about the bathroom methods.
     
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  3. Jan 14, 2022 at 7:17 AM
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    Shit I still "make the donuts" every time it snows. So fun!
     
  4. Jan 14, 2022 at 7:19 AM
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    Just one problem- Many don't go play and learn. Many of the same don't even learn when they crash into you. On top of that, many are uninsured, some of which pull the hit and run stunt. Simply not worth the headaches and losses if preventable. An ounce of prevention is often worth a pound of cure comes to mind.
     
  5. Jan 14, 2022 at 7:20 AM
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    4wd low????? Holy cow I agree with the other id stay home lol. read your trucks manual first so you know the difference between low and high gear and you don’t ruin you’re new truck. Once you figure that out just take your time and go slow. 5” isn’t enough to really to worry about if it ices up then definitely take your time.

    also if it does ice up get used to pumping the brakes when you need to really slow down don’t just slam the brake and hope to stop.
     
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  6. Jan 14, 2022 at 7:23 AM
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    This thread makes me chuckle. :D
     
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  7. Jan 14, 2022 at 7:29 AM
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    Haha yep me too!


    5" of snow & stay at home?!
    *Laughs in Canadian"

    In all seriousness tho if your area doesn't have the equipment to deal with it, you are best to stay at home.
     
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  8. Jan 14, 2022 at 7:35 AM
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    You can engage 4hi while driving up to 60mph (I believe, CHECK YOUR MANUAL - I never engage or disengage it above 35-40mph). Keep the wheels straight if possible while engaging/disengaging 4hi. Turns will be wider in 4hi. And to echo everything else said previously - SLOW DOWN and give yourself 5x normal distance between cars in front of you and don't let cars ride right next to you. Keep an eye on oncoming traffic too as they can slide out and across into your lane. If you cant see any of those things well enough, turn around and go home.
     
  9. Jan 14, 2022 at 7:37 AM
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    Yep. I usually don't even put my truck in 4wd in 5" of snow unless there's ice under it. I have studded Hakkapellitas too. I get it though, if you're not used to it or your area isn't set up for it maybe hang tight. Different regions, different problems. I literally die in temps above 85 or so, so there's that. :D
     
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  10. Jan 14, 2022 at 7:37 AM
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    You gotta remember that here in the south it snows so infrequently no one invest millions of dollars in snow removal hardware. Hell I don't have a snow shovel, why? to use it once every 10 years? We don't get enough snow to shovel.
    I posted photos of an addition on my house we were doing a while back. Roof was cut and exposed the rafters. One of my online buds commented that it couldn't take a snow load....snow load? WTF is snow load?

    We can't really practice for something that happens just every 10 years....but then again, we got Red Mud! :mudding:

    So I wonder, you guys consider driving on slick mud about the same as driving on snow?
     
  11. Jan 14, 2022 at 7:47 AM
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    Some old beach towels under the back seat. Will get you out of sand and snow in a pinch. Thick wool blanket and a couple bottles of water & some peanuts if you do get stuck. Blinking LED battery light / beacon to affix to the car if it gets that serious.
     
  12. Jan 14, 2022 at 8:58 AM
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    This was my initial thought upon reading this too but I decided to let someone else bring it up so Thanks!

    I agree that you wont learn to drive in snow without driving in some snow but Georgia on the roads are not what I would suggest for anyone either!

    If you can get to an empty parking lot easily enough then sure,knock yourself out so to speak but my experience in all weather driving in Georgia a lot is it is not for the faint of heart or those adverse to needing Body Work!
    Or worse.
     
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  13. Jan 14, 2022 at 11:24 AM
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    I like the stock Michelins and plan to replace with the same. Just adding my agreement, since I know most people on here replace tires as a matter of course.
     
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    It doesn’t matter how good of a driver you think you are when the other driver is worse than you can imagine.

    1. Stay off the roads. Let the roads be cleared and emergency crews use the roads

    2. Fill up your gas. So if you get stuck for hours you are ok

    3. Stock up on food and essentials so you don’t need to leave the house

    In NJ we get snow. But people here are idiots. They think their 4wd and expert driving ability is why they do so well.

    Truth is our state does an excellent job preparing the roads to prevent ice. Your state won’t. So there will be slick spots. No truck, tire, or driving ability can save someone from black ice.

    Unfortunately- prepare for power outages. Talk to nearby family and friends and have a back-up location in case you lose power for an extended time. Leave the water on a slow drip to prevent busted pipes.


    ******most importantly- learn what 4wd is and when to use and when to turn it off. It is very easy to damage or break. Our Tundras don’t have 4auto so you can cause damage if left on and then you attempt a tight parking maneuver


    A rather lengthy but exhaustive video

    https://youtu.be/18YNpG7IAQ8
     
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  15. Jan 14, 2022 at 1:20 PM
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    The stock Michelins are SOOOO much better than the Bridgestones. Did the OP ever mention if he has 2 WD or 4 WD?
     
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  16. Jan 14, 2022 at 1:40 PM
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    He wrote that he has 4x4, just hasn’t learned to use it.
     
  17. Jan 14, 2022 at 1:49 PM
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    Nope. It's different. It can be almost worst than snow and ice. Where I live, there's lots of clay in the soil. Dirt/gravel roads turn slicker than goose shit after a rain. The mud becomes what we call gumbo. It'll clog up tire treads, turning tires into racing slicks. If you walk across a lease site, you can can 5 pounds and 3 or 4 inches in height just from the mud stuck to the bottom of your boots.
     
  18. Jan 14, 2022 at 1:51 PM
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    Don't put it in 4 low. You don't need it. 4 high will be fine. Drive slow. Give extra time and space for slowing down and stopping. Your tires will make a MASSIVE difference in snow. Far greater impact than just 4wd will. Find an empty lot full of snow, and drive in it. Nothing teaches like experience.
     
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  19. Jan 14, 2022 at 1:58 PM
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    Stay home.

    You don't know how to drive in the snow, which is understandable because you don't spend all winter dealing with it periodically every year. We could give you tips but it would still be monumentally stupid for you to get out on the road armed with suggestions and no experience. We could tell you that you want to plan ahead every steering, throttle, and brake application. We could tell you to do none of those things quickly or you will lose traction and put the vehicle into a slide, drift, or skid of some sort. We could tell you to reduce your speed, and leave a lot of room between you and other vehicles. We could advise you to acquire and install good all terrain, or all season tires at a minimum with a 3 Peak and Snowflake symbol showing they meet severe snow service standards. All of that would be solid advice, but........

    No one else in your entire state who is native to the state of Georgia knows how to drive in the snow. Not one single person as far as we can tell judging by media coverage every time it snows there. They all drive like the roads are merely wet. They don't have appropriate tires in many cases.

    I drive in the snow a lot, every winter, I've already busted trail 24 miles to work this winter in the middle of the night in 20" of the stuff and it's not my first time. I've driven on black ice, lost the back end, recovered it at 60 mph to swing the other way and recover that slide too. Slush? Driven in it. Wet heavy snow? Yep. Dry powdery snow over ice? Check. I've done, and will continue to do those things, willingly accepting the risk to go about day to day life and get to and from work.

    So even with my years of winter driving experience and confidence in being able to control a vehicle in bad conditions, I would not under any circumstances voluntarily drive in a winter storm in any region of the southern United States. Ever. Period. Full stop. I can control my vehicle, but no one else on the road down there seems to be able to and there are a lot of them, and they're evidently not bright enough to stay home. So in order to not get my vehicle wrecked I would stay far far away from all of them.
     
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  20. Jan 14, 2022 at 2:33 PM
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    Back when I resided in a state with LO TEMPS & SNOW, we would put 8 40 lb bags of sand in the back, a little better down force traction. The hard-cores would go the to the supply yard, and have the loader drop a bucket full in the back, then they would wet it down and form a sand iceberg! Clean it out in the spring, the real one, not mid winter fake spring!
    It was easier for me to move to Los Angeles!
    If we want snow, we drive to Mt Wilson, pack it on the hoods of our vehicles, then drive into the city and look like idiots with snow on our hoods!
    I have pics!

    But the safest option, STAY HOME! If you have to go out, first stop, find a empty parking lot, learn how to safely drive on snow! then go buy your beer!
     
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    I live 1 hour south of downtown ATL

    we won’t see any snow only rain and wind mot even if they predict a blizzard

    why y’all believe the weatherman is beyond me

    Higher elevations may get some but in the metro area probably just a flake or two
     
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    Are you sure this isn't an old pic of Sherman going through Atlanta!
     
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    Came with all the lane departure and that stuff, electric tail gate lock, fog lights, 20s, sprayed on bed liner, tint, cat protector, and that’s about it??:)
    That should pretty much stop things and the streets should be vacant of any traffic!!! Stay home where you are safe and away from anyone that ventures out!! Stay Safe!!:)
     
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    Another thing to consider is here in the south, we get a lot of northern transplants that "know" they can drive in the snow and end up in the ditch. The why of this is, they likely CAN drive in the snow, but in the conditions they are used to up north...meaning areas that deal with snow regularly and are equipped to handle it with road prep, clearing, etc. Down here, not so much, as has been noted above. That said, NC DOT has already been brining the roads in my area (and other parts of the state too). We are all hoping for rain and only rain here.

    Hoping everyone stays safe!
     
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    I have been snow driving for years now. My first cars were mustangs and went plenty of places.
    Anytime it would start snowing I would head to my buddy’s place we hung out in the hot tub for a couple hours till the roads were covered and we went out blasting in his Jeep.

    The key to snow driving it to almost NEVER use your brakes. Let your transmission do the work.
    Walk the gears manually. You come up to a hill let off the gas and let the truck slow down on it’s own and hang in 2nd gear or 1st if it is really really steep. Anticipate your turns and take them as wide as possible.
    If you do start to slide make sure you turn INTO the direction of the slide. It seems counterintuitive but once it gets you out of the slide a couple times it just feels naturally.

    Go out and have fun but don’t be stupid. Take a shovel, traction boards, a tow strap, and along with food and water. Couple cans of gas and make sure you have good water proof boots and warm clothes.

    The Michelin LTX A/T2s are so far the BEST non snow tire I have had to date. Mine are oversized compared to factory but doubt that would have changed much.
    We got 10 inches a couple weeks ago and this truck was awesome! Absolutely rock freaking solid like a mountain goat. I was very very impressed.

    [​IMG]

    And yes Bridgestones suck!!!!!! Had them on my wife’s Suburban barely 20k miles on them and had them in this snow for the first time.
    They were flat out dangerous! They were replaced with Michelin Defenders the best day. Wow what an absolute change in the truck all around once I got rid of those pieces of garbage. Wish they made the LTX A/T2s in the Suburban’s 22s but the Defenders will do just fine.
     
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    This is a great thread. I live in Iowa as well, and have had both types of Michelins on my truck. I have the AT2's now (more agressive). The truck came with Cooper winter tires which did not last a year of owning the truck due to the summer heat and towing a camper to the Black Hills.

    I have had my truck in 4 low once and it was in my driveway after a snow storm. It's nice to stay in and watch it snow but also fun to go out and make a Target run just to get out of the house. If a person needs practice driving on snow my best advice is to go find some gravel roads to drive on in the summer to simulate what driving on snow is comparable to.
     
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    I stay right outside Atl. I hope it doesn't snow or ice as it has here 2 years ago. I will definitely be staying home if that's the case. My driveway is an uphill them my neighborhood is nothing but hills. Don't feel like sliding down to the stop sign just to keep going straight into someone's front yard.
     
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