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Cadillac CTS First Generation Forum - 2003 - 2007 Discussion, Snow driving for the 2003-2007??? in Cadillac CTS Coupe, Sport Sedan and Sport Wagon Forums; Originally Posted by dkozloski I drove my '04 CTS thousands of miles through all kinds of snow in interior Alaska ...
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    Re: Snow driving for the 2003-2007???

    Quote Originally Posted by dkozloski View Post
    I drove my '04 CTS thousands of miles through all kinds of snow in interior Alaska and I was never stopped. One time I stopped and waited for them to plow the Parks Highway because the snow was 16 feet deep at Cantwell. The original RS/As did fine but WS-50 Blizzaks are definitely better. It would go through snow so deep that the front valance would catch it and sluice it up over the windshield. It was hard to see where you were going but it went. Keep the car moving and try to keep from spinning the wheels.
    That's the difference between living in a big city vs. Alaska - it's impossible to keep the car moving due to traffic. If I could maintain momentum no problem, but when you're forced to stop because the car in front has stopped it can be a real killer, especially on an incline.

    I've also found that in certain conditions that spinning the wheels is the only way to keep the car moving (e.g. icey hills). I know there are those who are going to disagree with me and quote driving tips & studies, but experience tells me otherwise.

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    Re: Snow driving for the 2003-2007???

    Winter mode...yeah what a ****ing joke that is.

    The CTS is OK in the snow, just turn off the TC and the stability.

    It's about as good as any other RWD car.

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    Re: Snow driving for the 2003-2007???

    best bet, get some designated snow tires & keep the RPMs down; the tiptronic system is your friend.

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    Re: Snow driving for the 2003-2007???

    Quote Originally Posted by GT! View Post
    That's the difference between living in a big city vs. Alaska - it's impossible to keep the car moving due to traffic. If I could maintain momentum no problem, but when you're forced to stop because the car in front has stopped it can be a real killer, especially on an incline.

    I've also found that in certain conditions that spinning the wheels is the only way to keep the car moving (e.g. icey hills). I know there are those who are going to disagree with me and quote driving tips & studies, but experience tells me otherwise.

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    Common knowledge is not always correct. Sometimes you DO need to keep the tires spinning for trackion. Spinning the tires would heat them up, and on a hill with rwd, this might be the only way to stop you from sliding back down a hill.

    I still maintain that RWD is better then FWD in any situation except for hills.

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    Re: Snow driving for the 2003-2007???

    Quote Originally Posted by GT! View Post
    That's the difference between living in a big city vs. Alaska - it's impossible to keep the car moving due to traffic. If I could maintain momentum no problem, but when you're forced to stop because the car in front has stopped it can be a real killer, especially on an incline.

    I've also found that in certain conditions that spinning the wheels is the only way to keep the car moving (e.g. icey hills). I know there are those who are going to disagree with me and quote driving tips & studies, but experience tells me otherwise.

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    What kind of tires you got?

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    Re: Snow driving for the 2003-2007???

    Quote Originally Posted by GT! View Post
    That's the difference between living in a big city vs. Alaska - it's impossible to keep the car moving due to traffic. If I could maintain momentum no problem, but when you're forced to stop because the car in front has stopped it can be a real killer, especially on an incline.

    I've also found that in certain conditions that spinning the wheels is the only way to keep the car moving (e.g. icey hills). I know there are those who are going to disagree with me and quote driving tips & studies, but experience tells me otherwise.

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    Keep as large a distance as possible behind the car ahead. Do all your braking for stoplights early so you can creep toward the stop. Around here you'll notice the truckers as well as plenty of others doing the same thing. You should already be doubling or tripling your normal interval to the car ahead. Keep an eye on the rear view mirror so if some idiot behind you is having trouble stopping you can pull ahead to give him more room. Believe me, there is plenty of heavy traffic in Alaska.

    When I was in college my physics professor warned the class that if he ever saw a student spinning his wheels to get moving it was an automatic flunk in the course because the student obviously didn't understand the difference between the dynamic and static coefficients of friction.
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    Re: Snow driving for the 2003-2007???

    Quote Originally Posted by dkozloski View Post
    Keep as large a distance as possible behind the car ahead. Do all your braking for stoplights early so you can creep toward the stop. Around here you'll notice the truckers as well as plenty of others doing the same thing. You should already be doubling or tripling your normal interval to the car ahead. Keep an eye on the rear view mirror so if some idiot behind you is having trouble stopping you can pull ahead to give him more room. Believe me, there is plenty of heavy traffic in Alaska.

    When I was in college my physics professor warned the class that if he ever saw a student spinning his wheels to get moving it was an automatic flunk in the course because the student obviously didn't understand the difference between the dynamic and static coefficients of friction.
    I think what they don't take into account is that the spinning tires can melt through a thin layer of ice down to traction. All I know is that in some circumstances spinning the tires does work better. For me it is a last resort, I'm not suggesting it should be used as a preferred winter-driving method.

    You typically won't find any truckers in the city here. Keeping your distance makes sense, but is not always practical in bumper-bumper traffic. Also, in the city there are plenty of stop signs/lights that force you to stop and lose all momentum. I think it is clear we live in two very different cities when it comes to driving.

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    Re: Snow driving for the 2003-2007???

    Wide tires are the worse in snow, you want narrow tires to cut thru the snow. You need 75 series tires or AWD.

    I was driving (w/2008 GMC 4x4 Z71) in a snow white our last week, heavy snow and noticed a red cadi in front of me, an old guy (80's) driving a bright red CTS AWD.

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    Re: Snow driving for the 2003-2007???

    What does 75 series tires have to do with width?

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