Glad you're having good luck with fwd in New York State. All I can speak for is the observations I made back when there were about equal fwd and rwd cars on the road (and people who still knew how to drive a rwd car in snow) around here. Who knows, maybe all those Civics and Hondas and Rabbits stuck in the intersections had been converted to rear drive![quote]
Who are you trying to convince me or yourself or everyone else ? Are you thinking I never drove RWD prior to my first FWD in 84. Are you implying I dont know how to drive a RWD and therefore can not make a rational HONEST evaluation of which works and which doesnt. I drove my 76 2 winters ago and pulled it back in the driveway on three occasions because it wouldnt even begin to go up the slight grade that is in both direction to get out of here. Suddenly I remembered the good old days
Well my RWD studded snow Dakota with cap plywood shelves and 600lbs of tools in the back got me out. I would have built shelves and put all my tools in the trunk of the Royale but it seemed pointless. The 2wd Dakota BTW was my work truck when I was still LOGGING and needed to drive to the top of these mountians to cut in the CCC forests that were planted on top of these hills when the farmers went belly up during the depression. These trips always included 3 - 7 miles of seasonal and unplowed state truck trails. The tire chains were always handy and well used and I was good to 8-10" of regular fluffy snow or 4-6" of the nasty wet stuff. My 80 Rabbit pickup did not carry chains or intentional weight in the back and went through snow better. Then once at work I fired up the old diesel and went out to struggle through 2-4' of snow all winter long on both foot and manuvering my skidder around. I owne 5 sets of heavy large truck cleated dual tire chains. 2 sets were on my trucks and the other 3 set were so I could get the "Frency's"*** from Quebec up the hills to pick up our logs in the winter. The squalked like mad and were scared of the "big hill-big hill" but were amazed at how the chains turned their trucks into bulldozors. Many wanted to buy mine before they went on there merry way North. Then on Friday mornings I headed out in my 86 Brigadier twin screw to run my load of pulpwood 150 miles up toward Watertown or Ticonderoga regardless of the weather. I would put the tire chains on at bottom of mountian and drive up to get loaded and back down where I would remove them and continue on my merry way.
Hey, what would I know about getting around in the snow and what possible logical comparisons would I have to make sensible HONEST decisions about what kind of automobile drive configuration would make my life easy when I wasnt out there fighting my average dayly struggle with the elements ? I guess I needed to spend more time down at the flatlander intersections
*** Frenchy - is in no way meant to be degrading of the great French Canadian people of Quebec but was used as a term of respect for their timber prowess nature. I was nicknamed "Frenchy" by my close friend and logging partner. The best economical years and income came from the decent honest mills of Quebec, not when I was allowing the American mills to rob me blind ***
[quote]You mentioned freeway driving, and in slippery conditions fwd can be very wicked especially on off-ramps. Backing off the throttle to slow down is like hitting the front brakes, and there are lots of interesting spinouts. Driving down a straight stretch or during cornering, I find it a lot easier to correct rwd when the "back end starts to pass the front" because backing off on the throttle straightens the car right out (if you do it promptly).
As I haven't done much driving of fwd, I can't really say what tricks you might learn to compensate for these factors.