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Snow driving tips?

First jeep and first snow here in Chicago the other day. Sorry for the newbi question, but what is the best way to drive in the snow? I used the snow switch, but when, if ever, should I switch to 4 Low?
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Old 01-14-2012, 11:03 AM
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Re: Snow driving tips?

4 low is not really for snow. It is for extreme driving conditions such as climbing, stump jumping or pulling a heavy boat up a launch ramp.

The best way to drive in snow is...don't!
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Re: Snow driving tips?

I almost envy you the snow on the roads. Almost.

Just slow down. You won't get stuck with four-wheel drive and snow tires, but your GC has 2-1/2 tons of mass to stop and turn. Snow tires will help with this, but they can't overcome physics.
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Re: Snow driving tips?

I don't have a WK2 so can't answer those specific questions.

However, some basic driving techniques you might want to try is...

-Hopefully you have some decent tread on your tire, the deeper the tread the better traction you will likely have.
-Every 10-degree drop in ambient temperature usually results in a one-psi reduction in tire pressure. Be sure to check tire pressure to make sure you are getting maximum contact with the road surface.
-You need to check your equipment before driving - check windshield is clean, wipers work, headlights are clear of debris.
-Get a feel for the level of traction you have, pull out of the drive way and while going slowly push the break to the point of ABS kicking in a few times - see how long it takes you to stop. Get an understanding for how the Jeep will react.
-DON'T slam on the breaks, ever while traveling at speed. This could possibly cause the car to being an uncontrolled skid/spin.
-Try to avoid turning sharply as this too can cause uncontrolled spin.
-Usually what you will find is you need to turn, you have waited TOO LONG to start turning and over turn to correct your mistake.

Also, time and location permitting, take your Jeep to a parking lot and drive it to the limits. Test where your turning starts to lose control in a SAFE environment. Test your braking to get an idea for roughly how your jeep slows down and how well it DOESN'T turn while emergency braking. Plus if you do this safely it can be a little fun :P

Be prepared for trouble. If in the worst case scenario you end up in a ditch, you had better have a cell phone, tow strap, maybe a fold able shovel and some salt. This would be the time to get that resourceful a$$ in gear.

Better to have something than nothing.

Best of luck, and safe driving!
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Re: Snow driving tips?

take it easy and slow, get use to the driving dynamics of your new GC and how the tires start/stop. this is just me, but on empty roads i like to hit the brakes hard to induce ABS in the snow to see how it feels in low speeds.
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Re: Snow driving tips?

Just do what the San Fran Bay Area people do when they are in Tahoe, drive as fast as you always do, tailgate, pass, and slam your breaks - don't worry your four wheel drive can do anything!!! ha ha ha J/K.

Take it slow - give extra distance for EVERY maneuver, I have never used 4-low for snow while on road so likely not something you will need unless you are blazing a trail in the back country. Mainly just BE SAFE out there.
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Re: Snow driving tips?

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First jeep and first snow here in Chicago the other day. Sorry for the newbi question, but what is the best way to drive in the snow? I used the snow switch, but when, if ever, should I switch to 4 Low?
4 low not needed for snow

Good snow tires help a lot

Snow mode helps

4WD helps get going in snow; does NOT help braking or turning

Drive slowly and use very gentle inputs for braking & turning

Expect other drivers to do stupid things and keep your distance
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Re: Snow driving tips?

Richpearl's point #4 above is key. I see many 4X4's in snow banks because they try to take a corner at too high of a speed in the snow. He is on the money with #5 also. Take it from a guy who has had 6 AWD's or 4WD's and 45 years of winter driving.
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Re: Snow driving tips?

also in Chgo---here is the key s-l-o-w and you will be amazed what your jeep will go thru. Low?? NEVER in the snow.
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Re: Snow driving tips?

all you need to do is stay slow and steady. try to follow pre made ruts if you can, but you drive a jeep now dont worry. dont lose momentum uphill, but around turns slow down but dont brake hard or steer hard. drive gracefully youll be fine
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Re: Snow driving tips?

Thanks for the tips guys!

Page 368 of manual does say to use 4WD LOW for extreme situation like deep snow. Obviously 1-2 inches, I'd just use the snow switch, but no one uses 4LOW in 5+ inches of fresh snow?
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Thanks for the tips guys!

Page 368 of manual does say to use 4WD LOW for extreme situation like deep snow. Obviously 1-2 inches, I'd just use the snow switch, but no one uses 4LOW in 5+ inches of fresh snow?
A easiest way to know when you need 4LOW is if you are having trouble accelerating with decent tires then switch to LOW otherwise 4HI is always sufficient.
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