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Oct 24, 2013 7:28AM
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LOL, supposedly best cars for bad weather and then they tell us how big the engine is and how fast they can go or how they handle in perfect conditions.  The most effective solution for bad weather driving is the intelligence and skill of the person behind the wheel. 
Oct 29, 2013 3:51AM
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Last December I was involved in a surprise ice storm in the Des Moines, IA area.  After the weather cleared there were literally hundreds of vehicles in the ditch. Some were upside down. Some were on their sides.  There was a preponderance of 4 wheel drives in the ditch.  The purchasers of 4 wheel drive vehicles forget that their stopping capabilities are exactly the same as 2 wheel drives.  They get overconfident.  4 wheel drive, big engine power, traction gadgets will NEVER take the place of a driver with common sense and a true understanding of winter driving hazards.
Oct 20, 2013 7:11AM
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All the fuss about these cars are - just so much nonsense! So, your car has traction control and all-wheel drive, plus the most grippy tires... Does that give you the right to do 80 or 90 when the rest of those on the highway are doing around 60? Even that is too fast in inclement weather!

When it is wet and snowy out, SLOW DOWN. Don't pu****tay alert. Safe driving is as simple as that. You will not have any problems if you drive sensibly under any weather conditions.

Make sure you are riding on good tires that are properly inflated, and that your car is ready for rough weather. Watch out for the other guy. Never tail gate. Leave plenty of room in case you have to stop. Take it easy. Driving is not about getting from A to B in the shortest possible time. It is arriving at your destination - ALIVE. Stunt drivers are always regarded with disgust! So, be careful when you are behind the wheel.

Better yet, stay off the roads when the weathercaster says to do so.

If you are unfortunate enough to have to drive when it is blizzard conditions out, exit the highways as soon as you can and wait it out somewhere safe. Enjoy a coffee stop at a rest area, for instance.

Oct 21, 2013 9:04AM
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You want driving thrills???  A 1966 Ford 390 4bbl & bald tires on ice, now that's a driving thrill!!!

I don't care if you have 100 wheel drive. If you don't know how to drive in winter, none of these are going to help. AWD or 4WD isn't going to keep you from going in the ditch.

It's all about common sense. I'm not repeating what John Shanton said But I agree 100%!
Oct 29, 2013 5:08AM
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The skill, confidence, and good judgment of the driver is far, FAR more important than the vehicle itself.  Some drivers can drive a Corvair on a sheet of ice and have no problems.  Others couldn't drive a Hummer on a dry road without having an accident.  If you can't drive in bad weather, especially ice and snow, you should either move where there is no ice or snow, or just stay home when it snows.
Oct 24, 2013 4:09AM
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I will have to say that I love my Subaru in the bad weather- they are awesome and not sure what I would have done without it.  I can remember the blizzard of 78/79 in the Northeast when the roads were shutdown- only thing people that had to be out were driving Snowmobiles, Toyotas and Subarus. Same thing pretty much happened with the early blizzard two years ago.

 

I do have to say though, just because you have a great car in the bad weather, does not mean you can drive like you stole it in such conditions.  Let the car work and take you time. Metal can be replaced, but not human life. There can be ice under the snow, and just because it looks clear, doesn't mean you wont hit a patch of what they call "Black Ice".  Nothing stops on ice- short of having chains and studded tires(which I think is only allowed in really high places now?) and even that is a crap shoot.

Oct 21, 2013 9:44AM
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To the author.  For future reference, just because a car is AWD does not equate to being a good "foul weather" car.
Nov 4, 2013 5:40AM
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As a born-and-lived all my life in Minnesota, I would be more than happy to compare my winter driving skills with anyone.  having said that, 99.9% of "good winter driving" is TIRES.  We have a nasty, overpowered Mazdaspeed3.  With the tires it came with, and after 10 snowflakes, it is a helpless baby that can't move.  A simple swap to the Michelin Ice tires, and it is good to go anywhere it's 4" of ground clearance will allow.  If you get the right tires, your car will be fine.  If not...don't blame the car.
Nov 1, 2013 1:19AM
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It is  not about what you are driving, it is WHO is driving.  STAY HOME if you can't drive on anything but dry roads on a sunny day!
Oct 20, 2013 4:05AM
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OK, maybe these are good cars for bad weather, but almost any all-wheel-drive SUV with winter tires will be superior to anything on this list. If you don't want an SUV, just about any AWD car with winter tires will be just as good as anything on this very pricey list. But after I hit the lottery, I'll keep this list in mind.
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