Driving Snowy Environment

BBob

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I’ll second I’m not using a locker on pavement in snow unless I’m in deep running slow or near stuck (assuming selectable). For paved roads and snow nothing beats true snow tires, not 4 season but true snow tires. The difference is night and day. For intermittent use and super easy to put on AutoSocks are quite surprising as to how well they stick. I used AutoSocks last year instead of chains when chasing snow getting to and from the ski resorts. Still had the chains but never needed them with the socks. Off road, chains are tough to beat.
 

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For Big Bear, Falken Wildpeaks and anything with 4x4. The Wildpeaks do not compare to a dedicated snow tire like Nokian Hakkapeliitta 10s, but that would limit your ability to drive in warmer weather.

No locker on the road, good breaks (Hawk LT pads are great), get a set of easy on and off chains like Thule CS10s or RUD Grip 4x4.

Honestly, unless the snow is deep, on paved roads a front wheel drive with winter tires does pretty good. A higher vehicle is nice though.

Get good street legal fog lights, like Diod Dynamic SS3 Pros in amber. Avoid light bars.
 

Macintosh

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Yeah, never ever use locker on snowy paved roads—every time you turn the wheel it CAUSES one tire to slip. Once you break traction it’s much easier to slide. There is a good reason cars made for snowy paved roads are AWD not 4WD.

Also I think I know of at least 5 different “mt Baldy”’s, all in different states. Where are you going?
 
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Depending on your vehicle of course.. Generally on ice leave your traction control/stabilatrac whatever your manufacturer calls it on. In deep snow or mud I personally turn them off. In ice it will send power or braking to individual wheels and work to keep your vehicle “under control”. I am sure there are vehicles that tc doesnt work well also. My experience is with 2000+ Toyotas, Chevy, gmc, ford etc.. hunting and working on wet,muddy, and icy roads for 5+months a year. My 2c
 

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Depending on your vehicle of course.. Generally on ice leave your traction control/stabilatrac whatever your manufacturer calls it on. In deep snow or mud I personally turn them off. In ice it will send power or braking to individual wheels and work to keep your vehicle “under control”. I am sure there are vehicles that tc doesnt work well also. My experience is with 2000+ Toyotas, Chevy, gmc, ford etc.. hunting and working on wet,muddy, and icy roads for 5+months a year. My 2c

Same conclusion: keep TC on for typical maintained road conditions, turn off when it gets gnarly.
 

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Bring a tow strap so someone can pull you out if you crash. Use the 4 wheel when you need it. I drive most winters only engaging my 4 wheel occasionally. Studs are nice, but all terrains can usually get it done.
 
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Is it better to have traction control on or off

Depends on the rig. I never worried about the TC in a rig, unless it was giving me issues. That changed when I bought my f150. Its the most temperamental sensitive TC I have ever seen. If its even just raining I have as much shut off as possible. As it will get you in a wreck
 
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