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Old Dec 21st 2005, 6:38 pm
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Originally Posted by Leslie66
Winter driving advice:

Don't do it.

career advice:

don't give up your day job
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Old Dec 21st 2005, 6:40 pm
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Originally Posted by Boiler
Normally it is in a garage, but there have been many times when not.

-10 here is not that bad, nothing like as cold as -10 would feel in the UK.

I have plenty of friends who leave their cars out year round with no issues.

I did get a new battery recently, Costco, not that much, but the old one was at least 5 years old.

The dog sits in the snow in the shade at well below 0.

Thanks for the advice. I'll be in the San Juans in a few years, hopefully in a newer jeep with a better battery and snow tires
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Old Dec 21st 2005, 6:48 pm
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Originally Posted by Chorlton
Thanks for the advice. I'll be in the San Juans in a few years, hopefully in a newer jeep with a better battery and snow tires
Actually chains might be an idea as well, we are talking real snow there.

Keep clear of Gunnison, for reasons I still do not understand, the temperature is usually 20 deg lower there in Winter.
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Old Dec 21st 2005, 6:52 pm
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Originally Posted by Manc
snow tires?

remote starters?

garaged overnight?

heating pads?


a little melodramatic
whatever happened to an ice scraper and brushing the snow off?
*Ditto* Manc ..... was wondering what all the fuss was about
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Old Dec 21st 2005, 7:05 pm
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Originally Posted by Chorlton
This is for all you peeps already waist deep in snow. Someday, I'm going to be living up in the mountains and the last time I saw thick snow was back in the early 80's! So, does anyone leave their car out overnight? What do you need to do to protect it - are battery blankets and block heaters needed?
We have 3 cars out in the cold......-4 to -10 ........all start fine......2 are over 20 years old.......all you need is something to clear off the windows...and a good snow shovel.......
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Default Re: Real winter driving advice?

Also, when thecar starts sliding on the ice/snow -- don't slam on the brakes, pump the pedal -- this seems to be the elementary mistake of people who did not learn to drive in places where there is ice/snow
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Default Re: Real winter driving advice?

Originally Posted by Boiler
Normally it is in a garage, but there have been many times when not.

-10 here is not that bad, nothing like as cold as -10 would feel in the UK.

Not sure if I misunderstand....-10 in the US would feel exactly like -10 in Britain, assuming you are using the sale (F or C) system for both. If not, -10C in the UK is a balmy +14 F here.... never mind, I am soooo confuesd.

Cold weather driving tips: Good battery, in-like water heater to plug in at night, good all weather tires (unless on ice or mountains and state allows studded tires). Start accelerations very slowly, avoid spinning tires, start braking 3X farther away than w/o snow on road, increase following distance to 4 or more seconds behind other cars, look out for idiots who don't know how to drive in snow.

Also- always have AAA motorclub for Towing services, flat tires etc. A flat tire in -25f can be a death sentence.
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-10 in the UK with humidity and no sun chills you to the bones.
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Originally Posted by Boiler
-10 in the UK with humidity and no sun chills you to the bones.
Ahhh, understood. Thanks Spain had the same GD damp cold...cut right thru a body.
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Originally Posted by biccy
Also, when thecar starts sliding on the ice/snow -- don't slam on the brakes, pump the pedal -- this seems to be the elementary mistake of people who did not learn to drive in places where there is ice/snow
I though all decent cars had ABS now ...
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Originally Posted by krizzy
We have 3 cars out in the cold......-4 to -10 ........all start fine......2 are over 20 years old.......all you need is something to clear off the windows...and a good snow shovel.......
Thanks, thats all I needed to know. I remember the driving bit - it was the garageless storage I was wondering about
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Old Dec 21st 2005, 8:22 pm
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Originally Posted by jan_michigan
*Ditto* Manc ..... was wondering what all the fuss was about
198 inches of snow in one winter - all the drama you need.
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Old Dec 21st 2005, 8:30 pm
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Originally Posted by Chorlton
Thanks, thats all I needed to know. I remember the driving bit - it was the garageless storage I was wondering about
Sometimes the locks get iced up.....you can buy something for that ....just remember not to knock the ice off the bottom of the car...........that can take off the paint work.......
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198 inches of snow in one winter - all the drama you need.
198 inches is a regular winter for us .... we're already up to 47inches, and as for freezing temps -30F do it for ya? I have no snow tires no chains no studs no plug in and no garage and my car does just fine thank you !
Drive carefully and slow down is my advice.

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Originally Posted by Chorlton
-10 would be about the lowest I would expect - so no heaters needed?
and that was without a garage? hmmmm
if you're going to live in mountains mate, expect it to be alot colder than -10c. it was -19c last night and the real cold hasnt got here yet.
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