Tomorrow I have a flight from JFK airport,NY to India. I would be driving from Philly,PA to NY in the snow. I know it's crazy as it's going to snow 8 + inches. but I do not have any other option. Finger crossed for reaching airport safe and secure and hopefully flight would depart on time.
Do you get to pick the car? Four wheel drive helps a lot.
Leave as early as possible, to give yourself lots of time; you don't want to rush.
Leave lots of space between you and the guy in front.
If you feel yourself starting to spin (i.e., the car, seen from above, is starting to rotate) steer in the direction the car is spinning. If the car is turning clockwise, then speed up and steer to the right. This is the opposite of what most people will do by reflex, but if you brake and/or steer to the left, you'll just spin faster. The idea is to get the car under your control again.
If you're trying to make a turn and the car keeps going straight, don't turn the wheel more; you just make things worse. Again, unfortunately, that's what most people do by reflex. Instead, straighten the wheel out until you start to feel like you're regaining control, and then try to turn again, gently, if possible.
If you can't get a four-wheel or all-wheel drive, at least get front-wheel drive. With good snow tires if possible.
It can be worthwhile to take some extra time to find a big empty parking lot somewhere and practice a bit when it's got several inches of snow on it. See what happens when you slam on the brakes, or turn sharply. When you start to spin, see if you can get out of it by following EFH's instructions.
Saurabh Pillai wrote: I know they clear city roads but what about freeways? I know it may not be practical to clear freeways but any precautionary steps?
In general, PA, NJ and NY do a very good job of keeping the Interstates and toll roads clear. Its the city and suburban streets that are problems. But if its snowing a lot, keeping the highways clear may mean keeping it plowed to less than a couple of inches of snow. With the lack of talent in most drivers on American roads, a couple of inches can still make it very dangerous and slow.
Beware of bozos in four wheel drive SUVs. The four wheel drive gives then very good traction at starting, so they can get to speed quickly. But nothing repeals the laws of physics. A 4000 pound SUV at speed is not going to turn or brake any better than any other car. Far too many of the bozos don't understand this.
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Pat Farrell wrote: . . . not going to turn or brake . . .
We have got rid of all the snow we had in Yorkshire earlier, but I managed to skid at about 3mph. Only about 3 feet, until there was some road free from ice, but I still skidded. We had one day when our street shone in the sunshine like a mirror. It looked really nice, but in the time it took me to cycle home from the dentists' (about 5 minutes, < ½ mile, but I walked some of it), I saw about 4 vehicles skidding. Fortunately none was doing any speed.
I had to go to Stockton (about 4 miles from here) last Saturday night. It was cold about 9.00, rained from about 9.30 to 11.00, then turned clear and cold, then rained and sleeted alternately from about 12.00 to 1.30, then turned clear and cold. The streets were covered in a ¼ inch layer of smooth ice. I fell off on Silver St, but only at 2mph, so wasn't hurt. I ended up walking most of the way home. The ice didn't clear until late on Sunday.
Pat Farrell wrote:... In general, PA, NJ and NY do a very good job of keeping the Interstates and toll roads clear. Its the city and suburban streets that are problems. But if its snowing a lot, keeping the highways clear may mean keeping it plowed to less than a couple of inches of snow...
Same in MN. They're usually proactive about keeping freeways clear, with trucks sometimes disbursing chemicals even before the storm hits. Suburban streets... It depends. City streets (in Minneapolis)... Forget about it.
Pat Farrell wrote:... Beware of bozos in four wheel drive SUVs. The four wheel drive gives then very good traction at starting, so they can get to speed quickly. But nothing repeals the laws of physics. A 4000 pound SUV at speed is not going to turn or brake any better than any other car. Far too many of the bozos don't understand this.
I've personally witnessed 2 such SUV crashes just in the past week. One of them slid almost perpendicular to the freeway, across 3 lanes, and crashed head-on into the center concrete barrier (without which, the SUV would have continued into oncoming freeway traffic). Fortunately, that remained a single-vehicle accident.
Oh, wait... That was predictable and preventable, so it shouldn't be called an "accident."