Driving

Driving

PostBy: maurizziot On: Thu Feb 13, 2014 9:09 pm

Could all the women who are driving two wheel drive sedans in the snow, driving with their hazards on, 10 mph, hands locked on 10, and 2, get the f$%#% off the road please. Owe I forgot also braking up hill :x

It a problem!!!!!?,
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Re: Driving

PostBy: Coalfire On: Thu Feb 13, 2014 9:36 pm

:lol: Some kid in a VW golf was on the road today in 10 inches of snow would not move out of the tire tracks that were already down. Told my cousin about this and he said with a smile that must of been the black golf I passed stuck on the bridge down the road. People are morons




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Re: Driving

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Fri Feb 14, 2014 6:22 am

maurizziot wrote:Could all the women who are driving two wheel drive sedans in the snow, driving with their hazards on, 10 mph, hands locked on 10, and 2, get the f$%#% off the road please. Owe I forgot also braking up hill :x

It a problem!!!!!?,


:lol: - We had such a woman interviewed on the news this morning. She had thought she could make it 30 miles to her appointment in her Mercedes and realized too late when they said "stay off the roads" they were talking to her. She ended up in the snow along the road and was further buried by the plow when it came along. Needless to say she missed her appointment and spent the majority of her day in the car waiting for AAA to come dig her out. The justice of it all still brings a smile to my face. :lol: , Lisa
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Re: Driving

PostBy: WNY On: Fri Feb 14, 2014 7:22 am

Yes, SOME people should NOT be on the road when it's bad, if you are, you better know how to drive and have a vehicle to handle it.
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Re: Driving

PostBy: Ed.A On: Fri Feb 14, 2014 8:10 am

Ok I'll admit all I own are either 4x4 or all wheel drive. But in the not to distant past (ok way long ago) my vehicles were all rear wheel with snow tires and I've traveled in some pretty nasty snow storms.

'73 VW Bug = no real heat but great in snow.
'74 Nova Hatchback = Front heavy but did ok for a chicken legger.
'78 Trans-Am 6.6lt. = I think the doors alone on this weighed 400lbs each LOL, posi rear and such a heavy car made this a snow mobile. Loved that car.

'85 Camaro 6 banger 5spd. Bought this at the same time we thought skiing would be a great thing to get into. Put more white knuckle miles on that car than anything, I mean some seriously bad north country snows but never got stuck...ever.

After that circa ('88)...the Toyota bug bit me and I've never looked back.
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Re: Driving

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Fri Feb 14, 2014 12:04 pm

My office closed yesterday, first time in my 14 year time there. My boss called me and said, 'Stay home. We've closed the office.', I was actually quite happy about this since my company supplied 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan absolutely sucks in anything more than a dry road. That, however did not stop me from hoping in my F-150 and driving around town in 20+"'s of snow. I got behind an Audi A4 that had AWD and the lady behind the wheel was doing 20 miles an hour. I popped the truck in 4x4 and drove around her at about 40.

The only real reason I hate the winter and the snow is because all of my company supplied work vehicles are terrible in snow beyond a dry road. That and of all the idiots on the road. Couple those two with the fact that the majority of my jobs are 100 miles or more from my house one way you can kind of see why I dislike this time of year. But when I have either an AWD or 4x4 vehicle I actually like driving in the snow.
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Re: Driving

PostBy: gaw On: Sat Feb 15, 2014 7:11 am

Just make sure you have your 4 ways and high beams on. Don't exceed 25 mph and stay as close to center of the road as possible and you will be fine.
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Re: Driving

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:21 am

gaw wrote:Just make sure you have your 4 ways and high beams on. Don't exceed 25 mph and stay as close to center of the road as possible and you will be fine.



25 sounds a little fast :mad: . My commute to work each way went from 1.5 hrs to 3hrs with this weather. Hopefully it will be done by next week. .

Oh yeah I love the 4ways. Like no one else realizes it is hazardous out.
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Re: Driving

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat Feb 15, 2014 2:31 pm

Ed.A wrote:'73 VW Bug .
'74 Nova Hatchback .
'78 Trans-Am 6.6lt.
'85 Camaro 6 banger .


I'll interject...I think the only reason any of those vehicles were good in the snow is because the person behind the wheel understood winter driving. (Well.... other than the VW, they actually had pretty good traction... you just couldn't see if it was below freezing, LOL) .
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Re: Driving

PostBy: Ed.A On: Sun Feb 16, 2014 8:42 am

Freddy wrote:. (Well.... other than the VW, they actually had pretty good traction... you just couldn't see if it was below freezing, LOL) .


Just had to have one hand on the wheel and the other keeping the Lighter going as the de-facto defrost mechanism. :)
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Re: Driving

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Sun Feb 16, 2014 9:18 am

I knew someone that had a 12 volt electric defroster heater/fan mounted on dashboard.
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Re: Driving

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Sun Feb 16, 2014 11:01 am

Carbon12 wrote:I knew someone that had a 12 volt electric defroster heater/fan mounted on dashboard.




Remember some of the gasoline heaters some of them had in the busses. Thats scarey.
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Re: Driving

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sun Feb 16, 2014 1:22 pm

OH come on,, those gasoline heaters worked GREAT. I put myself through 'school' turning wrenches on air-cooled VW's.. My boss often had old, used and often used-up VW's offered to him for parts, or resale.. some he bought, some he passed on. I bought a few he had passed on..

One of the last ones was a real ratty one.. 1967, noisy muffler, rust busting through everywhere, one or two fenders already pulling free from the body because of the ice and snow packed behind the fenders, and hanging on..
The customer brought it in to find out what the 'banging' was and why the steering had developed a bad shimmy.
The shock tower on the right front had rusted through and broke free of the tubular front suspension. The cost to put in a new tube assembly far exceeded the value of the car, and we didn't have any usable used front suspensions to sell.

So my boss passed, which surprised me, as the car had a good, working gas heater.. It needed it because you could lose a pair of boots through the holes in the floor and inner fenders. The airducts for the 'heat' were long, long gone.. :shock:

This car was an adventure to drive.. if you hit a bump, tar strip or God-forbid a slush-filled pot-hole with the right front tire, since it didn't have a shock absorber anymore, the tire/wheel would start to 'dribble' like a very fast basketball. This created feedback through the steering, and the whole front of the car would start shimmying so violently the sun visors would fall down the glove box would pop open and the steering wheel would shake side to side several inches.. this was possible because the door posts that the doors were hinged to, had the bottom 3" rusted away.
The only way to recover from this 'death-shimmy' was to slam on the brakes, and yank the steering either left or right, to put a firm 'load' on the front tires and steering, which damped the shimmy..
So visualize this: driving down the road in the snowy, slushy midwest, the roads are snow covered, slush filled pot holes camouflaged by the snow, the windshield fogged over, since the inside of the car was warm from the gas heater and 100% humidity from the 3-5" of slush on the floor that sprays in through the holes in the inner fenders, and flows out the same holes when it gets deep enough.
And then the car hits a pot hole.. the slush sprays through the holes in the inner fenders hitting the driver [ME] in the face, runs down my neck, knocks my glasses askew, and the 'Death-Shimmy' starts. so I do the 'abort procedure' to the left, doesn't work, try the right, doesn't work, a second try with extra violent braking to the left.. the shimmy stops, and the car lights up with red and blue lights.. CRAP!!
I pull over into a business parking lot.. I get out, [you could do that back then without getting a gun pulled on you! ].
I met the officer at the remains of the VW's back bumper..
He takes one look at me, walks past me looks at the inside of the car. he's trying really hard not to bust out laughing.
I say: officer, I know I was darting around a lot, but I know I didn't have anyone on either side of me. He interrupts me and says, no, you didn't run anyone off the road, but you have to take this death trap home.. NOW ! Then he cracks up. And so did I.. I said, yeah, it's had a real problem with a violent front end shimmy lately, and the repair exceeds the value of the car.. and I just wanted to get the last mile out of it.. before I scrapped it for the few usable parts..
Turns out, he has owned VW's, was looking for an engine and drivetrain to put in a tube-frame dunebuggy. We strike a deal, and within a few weeks, he had the engine and transaxle, i sold the gas heater, and the rest became a Chevy or a Ford. :lol:

OH one bit of VW trivia: you know that loop/handle over the glovebox door?? that is NOT a grab handle. it is a hanger for you short window scaper/squeege. Everyone in the midwest had a short-handled ice scraper with a rubber squeegee on the back stuck in that 'handle' so you could quickly reach over, grab it, squeegee the water off the inside of the windshield and side windows. When it was below 20* outside, it was a mix of ice and water. so you used both sides of the windshield clearing tool. McGuiver was alive and well back then.. !!

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Re: Driving

PostBy: samhill On: Sun Feb 16, 2014 1:43 pm

Does anyone remember those pocket heaters that everyone used to have, those became my VW defrosters & worked great. Just fit in the defroster slot good enough to hold them, still used to freeze half to death but I could see at least a little. Never could figure why something made in Germany wouldn't have a heater that actually worked. :roll:
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Re: Driving

PostBy: Duengeon master On: Mon Feb 17, 2014 12:13 am

gaw wrote:Just make sure you have your 4 ways and high beams on. Don't exceed 25 mph and stay as close to center of the road as possible and you will be fine.
Glen, you forgot to mention swerve from lane to lane and get next to, not behind another one driving even SLOWER and being afraid to pass while holding up everyone else in the process!!! :x That is why air horns were put on trucks!!!! ;)
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