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Old 01-19-2018, 12:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Winter fuel-saving driving technique! Handbrake u-turn / parking on snow



It's winter in the northern hemisphere! Maybe the roads are slippery where you live?

Make the most of your low-friction driving environment!

Save fuel by avoiding unnecessary multiple-point turns! Make efficient u-turns in significantly less space than normal!

I've been doing this so much lately, I've lost count. It only occurred to me yesterday that it actually also saves gas.

Wiki: handbrake (AKA bootlegger) turn

Of course, you don't necessarily need snow/ice to employ fuel-saving hooning. But it's much harder on the tires, and requires more input speed (therefore more serious consequences if it doesn't go as planned!).


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Old 01-19-2018, 02:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I drive near two ski resorts and have hardly seen any snow at all this winter and none on the road.

Somehow Amish country still froze over: https://jalopnik.com/amish-snow-nuts...ast-1822121165
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Old 01-19-2018, 04:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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LOVE that amish sno-nut

Very eco.
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Old 01-19-2018, 04:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Have you seen these winter shenanigans on Jalopnik?
https://jalopnik.com/snow-toyota-sup...ice-1822189298
https://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/sw...rly-1796434328
https://jalopnik.com/tanks-drift-on-...ich-1786992048
Infinitely more entertaining than listening to Shouty Kilmore saying "CVT Transmissions" repeatedly.
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Old 01-19-2018, 05:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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We've had some snow here, but I didn't need to venture oitnin the car, even though its on snow boots. About half the UK is snow bound at the mo.
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The last time I did a handbrake turn in a parking lot, I got disciplined at my job.
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I did a perfect one while arriving at a house I was looking to buy.

The realtor saw it and did not approve.
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Does this work for spring brakes?

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Old 01-25-2018, 08:15 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I did a perfect one while arriving at a house I was looking to buy.

The realtor saw it and did not approve.
No sense of humor clearly. A handbrake turn/parking in the right place and time is hilarious.
Also, even better with a tiny car.
Parked my old '84 suzuki alto ss80 once with a handbrake turn, in summertime.
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Old 01-25-2018, 08:48 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Nothing like going sideways down a lane between two rows of new cars.

I've heard.

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