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Re: [T3] Snow in PDX

> ...Also many people do not understand that low speed causes problems as well,
> momentum is often needed to get up steep hills on snow. The result is that
> they wil start to spin and cause problems not only for them self, but many
> others as well, since many people now will be forced to back down snowy or
> hills.

So true.  A &*^$#! Toyota V8 with 4wd was creeping up a hill while I was
throwing very colorful adjectives at it because my Jetta (snow tires with studs
up front) needed the momentum to help get up.  Much to OUR surprise, when the
&$@#! moron let me pass (I was flashing my lights at it), it was some
mousy-looking *male* driving it...we both assumed it was a female.  Oopsie.
> ...
> I would also like to mention something that I have mentioned before, I have
> experienced that rear engined VWs are a little bit prone to premature lockup
> on the front wheels because they only have approx 35% weight on the front
> wheels.


> Finally we have the issue of proper snow tires. It is my understading that
> snow tires (either studded or studless) still isnt very common in USA. I
> really dont understand this! From my experience on other (Audi) discussion
> boards, the people who have "discovered" sow tires are never going back to
> season tires, and also wont believe the difference in traction.

Per, we have a LOT of stupid people here!  I think they breed in Oregon...
Anyway, yes, snow tires make a big difference.  Studs help in the ice but if
they aren't on ice then they contribute to damaging the road surface so people
are divided on their use.  I feel they aren't necessary on all four tires which
is why they are only on the front of my Jetta (I *hate* front wheel drive!!!).
If I used my Squareback in the snow I would only have snow tires on all four
corners, no studs.  Anyway, I only put on my 'winter wheels' (original steel
Jetta rims w/snow tires, studded fronts) when the weather requires it.  Once
it's nicer out my 'summer wheels' go back on (which reminds me, mine are now
slicks and need replacement).  99% of the population isn't willing to swap
wheels so readily.

     Toby Erkson  --  air_cooled_nut@pobox.com
     '72 VW Squareback, '95 VW Jetta, '81 Gold Wing, '73 Porsche 914
     Portland, Oregon

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