Are small cars harder to control on ice?

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  1. Tb0n3

    Tb0n3 Road Train Member

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    I take it you don't know that nitrogen filling is a scam then?
     
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  3. Just passing by

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    Maybe the locals know something about their own roads that you don't. I detect a little arrogance in your post. Slow down and make it there safely.
     
  4. PandaPancake

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    Oh wow. Loaded semi on ice passing everyone? Good luck
     
  5. Snoopycda

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    Short wheelbases will get out of shape faster than a long wheelbase.
    Don't do anything that will cause you to make sudden changes, steer gently, accelerate slowly and brake gently. Leave enough room in front of you for braking, coast to stops then brake when you have to. Watch far enough ahead for brake lights and other signs of problems the drivers ahead are experiencing.
    Having a good sense or feel for the car and road is always helpful, you should be able to feel when the car is starting to slide or go sideways, take your foot off the accelerator and try to regain control without braking.
    All of this is without regard to tires, drive for conditions, including substandard tires.
     
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  6. snowwy

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    Waste of air if you ask me. Constantly leaking till it gets mostly replaced with air.
     
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  7. Tb0n3

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    Air is 78% Nitrogen. The problem is all the supposed benefits are inconsequential. Nearly immeasurable differences.
     
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  8. a-trucker123

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    Sorry if I do come off as arrogant. I am just very very frustrated with these drivers. These are drivers in warmer states. I rarely have any problems with drivers from snow/ice heavy states. I feel pretty comfortable in icy roads and have a generally good understanding of how my truck can handle a variety of icy roads. I’ve been to way worse icy roads where I had to go less than 10 mph. However these roads have some ice where a loaded standard semi can comfortably go at 55MPH uphill and downhill with no issues jackknifing the trailer at curves. But some 4-wheelers go so low to 40 mph. So I would just gently and slowly go to the left lane and pass them. It gets pretty annoying when I have to do this every few miles.
     
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  9. x1Heavy

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    Here is wyoming, me in split ice at 15 tanker on right was at 10 on his split ice so we worked the passing together on the radio. I had my interlock in and she would break loose at 22 or so, so 15 was my speed and his break loose was a little slower than mine.

    Next picture showed a black car coming by at 70+ we both saw him coming long before it reached me. And sure enough off the road it goes. This is about 10 miles prior to Sheridan Wyoming in 1998-1999. I think drifts were 8 feet in places on the right burying it for the most part.

    Southern states when they ice over, the number one choice is to stay home. That is what we do. Even my crew boss part time work in Little Rock, I'll stay home and not work. Someone else will take my place who is there.
     

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  10. a-trucker123

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    Those Wyoming pictures are definitely where I’d slow way down to less than 20MPH. I’d drive like an old person in those conditions. But the roads I get frustrated with isn’t even that bad it is stupid. Here’s a couple pictures to sum it up.

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  11. skellr

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    People that driver slower than the conditions warrant are annoying. I try to give them the benefit of the doubt and think they are smart enough to not drive beyond their capability.

    They won't be the ones spinning out and blocking a lane.
     
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