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Winter driving tips

Discussion in 'General Tundra Discussion' started by ODSteve, Nov 28, 2014.

  1. Nov 28, 2014 at 9:20 AM
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    We are gonna be driving from Texas to upper Michigan Marquette. I used to drive in the snow all the time in missouri but not with a truck this big or the 5.7 plus it's not 4x4. I don't really want to take her Dodge all the way up there because it's a single cab but 4x4. Any tips and advice I would love to know.. Like how to set the traction button should I sand bag it... Buy some chains stuff like that. I have had driver courses in the military with j turns pit maneuvers and stuff.
     
  2. Nov 28, 2014 at 9:32 AM
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    Lower tire pressure
    Bring plenty of supplies - shovels, floor mats, etc.
    Sand in the back
    Keep momentum going
    Don't hammer the skinny pedal
    If you get stuck and need more reae power, try turning the auto lsd and/or traction off so U can get some wheel spin
     
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  3. Nov 28, 2014 at 9:43 AM
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    All great info thank you Sean
     
  4. Nov 28, 2014 at 9:55 AM
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    Yeah the lsd works well, just have weight in the back. If you think you are going to be in bad stuff, maybe some tire chains.
     
  5. Nov 28, 2014 at 10:16 AM
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    When you say lsd works well you mean without hitting the button right. Because if you hit it once turns it off right and at a stop for 3 second turns it off and alot of other stuff right.
     
  6. Nov 28, 2014 at 8:19 PM
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  7. Nov 29, 2014 at 3:39 AM
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    Thank you love it!
     
  8. Nov 29, 2014 at 12:23 PM
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    My winter driving tips are: Go as fast as you are comfortable with but understand that you can't turn or stop on ice or snow. Thus....don't be stupid.
     
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  9. Nov 30, 2014 at 7:43 AM
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    So far just weathertechs
    All good tips, I drive my truck for work all through Alberta winters. I have driven through some pretty bad storms and have always managed to get to my destination (Knock on wood). Most important tip I can give is drive to the conditioins. Check the traction every once and awhile by breaking a little (not when someone is behind you) and get a feel for how the roads are.

    Accept your timeline, try to give yourself some extra time for travel so you aren't rushed and stressed. I have the benifit of being paid while I drive so if I get slowed down by nbad weatther I try not to let it bother me. Just remember you will get there when you get there.

    Amother one is watch your temp gauge, I fond the roads to be worse around -2, to -5 degrees when the snow is melting and freezing on the road.

    And my personnal favorite is AVOID PEOPLE! Try and work yourself in to an area with lots of space on the highway. So many people cram themselves into convoys when a storm is occuring...this is just asking for trouble. I would rather put my truck in the ditch than ram into the back of someone and end up in a pile-up.
     
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  10. Nov 30, 2014 at 7:47 AM
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    Thanks dilsky I appreciate that!
     
  11. Nov 30, 2014 at 10:44 AM
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    Oh, and don't panic brake...if you're coming up to a yellow- just go through it...(most people wait a few seconds in the winter before proceeding into / through the intersection in fear of other vehicles) if u panic brake, you'll end up spinning out, and probably running into something / someone.....also, if you're spinning out, look where you WANT to go. Do not look where you don't want to go...looking where you don't want to go will end up causing you to street forwards there..
     
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  12. Nov 30, 2014 at 12:55 PM
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    I like it when I worked in col for 8 months I don't know how many people I seen go through the red lights
     
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