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post #41 of 50 (permalink) Old 4th February 2009
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Originally Posted by Raystorm View Post
Well, it's a Beemer, innit? I thought that it's common knowledge that their traction control goes NUTS in the snow!
As does most, best switced off along with the ABS

The older I get the better I was, must be mad not got enough money to be excentric
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post #42 of 50 (permalink) Old 5th February 2009
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There was nothing better at focusing your mind on how bad it was outside than driving a car with no heater. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Try a motorbike, Hondo, in this weather you soon focus everything you have - and adrenalin is brown, believe me!!

And to answer the chat about skidpans, I have used one on 5 or 6 occasions and found them to be instrumental in learning skid control.
True, there are no solid objects to hit but it gave me the confidence to go beyond deploying panic measures and just stamping on the brake. To get out of a skid, remove the cause... tho a good driver should never get into one in the first place!

I also learnt about ABS and how to use it effectively - where else can you learn about it? Its not covered during the driving test and with most cars coming out of the showrooms with it, its little wonder people haven't a clue what's happening when they stamp on the pedal and it pulsates 15 times a second.

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Try a motorbike, Hondo, in this weather you soon focus everything you have - and adrenalin is brown, believe me!!
Lol, I have been there, in the proper winter of 1963

I caught double pneumonia and pleurisy too.
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Idiots and snow...

Well on Thursday I enjoyed a wonderful trek from here down to Northampton. Now they had it pretty bad down there on Thursday with the snow and all that (though not as bad as on Friday for the South West, so I hear) but me and my trusty Movano van just about made it, a few slippery hills and tricky junctions but we made it. Unlike all the cars that kept blocking my way 'cos the people driving them didn't know how to handle a car in snowy conditions Lorries I will forgive, they break traction so easily in those conditions. Anyway...

So, it is (was) Saturday morning, the snow has pretty much gone but I live on a cul-de-sac and the snow on the road has lingered on. We decide to head off to town for a spot of shopping so we all jump in the mighty Cav to go out...

Except of course I got the Cav well and truly stuck in a "turning around" incident on the street - all of three feet away from my parking space! Oh dear, I had to get the shovel and a bag of salt out - all this on maybe less than a half inch of icy slushy snow. Boy was my face red this morning, all the kids that live on the street having a good laugh, the Mrs having a good laugh and I think even the baby was having a jolly good laugh at me

So I shall now call myself an "idiot and the snow (or lack thereof)"

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post #45 of 50 (permalink) Old 7th February 2009
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Happens to the best of us occasionally Bob

I had to go into work earlier and althogh the roads were clear, most of the factory carpark was still nice fresh snow T/C switch off, followed by huge 4 wheel drifts

On the way home, I kept feeling a bit of vibration from the back, I was thinking that I must have damaged a tyre f***ing about in the carpark. I limped it home and inspected the tyres, to find a bl00dy great lump of snow sat in one of my rear wheel rims

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