Date registered: Mar 2005
Vehicle: '01-E320 & 02-ST2
Location: John 15:18-19
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You might be surprised at how little grip you need for cornering...assuming you're driving a speed that is prudent for the conditions and your control inputs are slow and smooth. The grip needed to start off -- and to slow down and stop -- is much greater. Further, if you're going around a corner and the front end starts to wash out, it's more stable than if the back end suddenly wraps around (gross oversteer) and becomes the front end. At least you have the opportunity to attempt to regain steering, etc.
The biggest mistake people make on slick roads is assuming that they can drive regular speeds once under way. I once drove most of the way from Fort Collins, Colorado to Pueblo at an average speed under 30, and at times even that was too fast. It's a scary feeling to go around one of those huge-radius interstate curves even as slow as 25 and feel the traction going away. I enjoyed looking at all the idiots off the road in their big 4wd SUVs because they assumed they could go any speed they wanted thanks to the 4wd. Far too often, all 4wd does is allow you to get into trouble that much sooner. And who hasn't watched the "ice dancers" on the weather channel when the first ice storm of the year hits the midwest? Sliding sideways, completely out of control at 10 mph, not stopping even when you bounce off another vehicle, has to be one of the weirdest things to watch (not to mention experience).
FWIW, traction assist devices always go on the driven wheels and on 4wd it's usually recommended to put them on all 4. Depending on the 4wd design it can actually be more dangerous to only put them on two wheels than on none.
Prana, if you're in Sac you're close enough to snow that Costco may carry the cable sets, if so that's the best price you'll find by a wide margin.
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