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Old 01-15-2008, 12:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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ABS Brakes Saved Me Today

So this morning it snowed. Not much at all... probably only about a centimeter, but just enough to coat the ground. Well there's a route I like to go that has the least amount of stop signs, and is 50% downhill. Well there's a nice tight turn at the bottom that I normally take at around 25 mph to save fuel. Well today, I didn't know this, but the snow was basically pieces of ice, they had gathered together and anywhere there was snow it was like ice. I went around that curve more cautious than usual at around 13-15 mph. Well Normally in the snow I just cut right through it, especially if it's like 10 inches of it, so I thought a centimeter wouldn't do much at all. Well I was wrong, I turned the wheel all the way to the left and... well I didn't turn left. I totally under-steered and kept going straight. Well if you do go straight.. there's a ditch that's about 5 odd feet deep. I don't think that any vehicle could have gotten out of that ditch unless it had a 5 foot lift on it.

I slammed on the brakes, (having tested out the ABS a few times before to make sure the 13 year old motor still worked, I knew slamming on them wouldn't lock up the brakes) and hoped for the best. The brake pedal did it's pulsations and definitely did it's job, and we came to a stop on the grass just before the ditch. Had the brakes locked up, I would have been in that ditch for sure.

One lucky thing though is that at that turn, there's some fellows that own about 3 Jeep Wranglers with lifts, Mud-terrain tires, snorkles, and winches to pull me out of it. I'll be a lot more cautious next time around. Later on the radio I heard of multiple crashes around schools and all over roads in the county over.

People complained that schools should have been canceled because of all of the accidents, but it didn't snow until around 7am, over an hour over the 5:30 deadline. there were also complaints to the snow plow vehicles of not plowing the snow as quickly as possible, but they were only on hold because they didn't know that the measly amount of snow would cause this much wreckage.

So if you live around the central IL/IN border, be aware for slippery back roads, and corners. you might find yourself calling a tow truck or walking somewhere. I'm hoping when I start getting some good income I'm gonna get some new wider rims and A/T's for winter time and mudding season, and some LRR tires for the stock rims and summer times. I like Fuel economy from LRR tires, but when it comes to loosing your car and losing a few mpg's, I'll go with loosing a few MPG's when I hear of snow.


Yea.. I drive a Jeep and I'm on a fuel economy site, but you just wouldn't understand... "It's a Jeep thing!" *Jeep Wave*

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