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Driving in snow and on ice isn't what it used to be

2893 Views 11 Replies 7 Participants Last post by  Stretch44875
Not really Bolt-specific but more remarking on how times have changed.

We've got late-season (for these parts) snow here so I took my son out for some practice in less than ideal conditions, in our Bolt as it still has snow tires on and it seemed only fair not to throw him onto the public streets with slippery tires.

When it comes to telling somebody how to cope with snow and ice it seems as though there's not much to do anymore, other than learn how the car intervenes and to be ready for for how that feels. We set up with plenty of space and went through a number of maneuvers that would have resulting in big excursions in a pre-augmented vehicle. We were not able to find clear ice with zero traction and unforgiving physics for that case. Short of that it's not possible to get a neophyte driver into a properly formative panic situation because the vehicle itself is so expert at clawing down whatever traction is available from moment to moment.

Drive hard into a curve, throw on brakes and somehow the thing slithers more or less in the intended direction. Panic forward stop and it simply won't yaw or try to trade ends. Eerily effective even as it feels like cheating.

Initial training happened in a parking lot where I did manage to find some nicely packed and refrozen snow, not quite full-on directly-frozen-on-the-surface precip. The car stopped decently hard when I stomped on the brakes yet we were almost unable to stand on the surface when trading positions. How??

The single case that got our kid's attention was hard regen on super low traction surface; I think I heard some brake cylinder action on that but if it's happening, it's a lot less aggressive than when using the pedal. The car failed to slow, in an appropriately terrifying fashion.

I'm not sure if it's worth repeating this with the old Ranger so that our son knows how we had to walk uphill both ways back in days gone by.
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I mostly choose brake or steer, not both. When a bus pulled out in front of me while I was doing 65 mph in a van, I took the soft shoulder on the right and didn't even try to brake. Turned out just fine.
It's worth taking the car to an abandoned parking lot and hurling it around to see just what you can expect of it. One of these days you may need to brake and steer at the same time.
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