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Old 11-07-2013, 09:10 AM
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some might argue kitty litter works better than sand if you get stuck.
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some might argue kitty litter works better than sand if you get stuck.
Hell use both. Use the sand for weight and the kitty litter for traction. You could even go a step further and use crushed rock.
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Ok I have to put my two cents in as well:

Use common sense and be careful leave room between you and others.

On a side note if you remove all the snow from your truck before you travels you will get more HP.
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Side note.. I keep my tow straps in my truck all the time and a receiver in the hitch in came you do get stuck someone could give you a little tow or you can help and make even a little cash helping get some vehicles stuck .. Pulled a few cars out of ditches last year
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Hard to top the advice above. Bottom line is, you have to adjust your driving style to the road conditions. I liken this to driving a boat. I work at a marina and handle several hundred boats a year. 50' twin-screw diesels all the way down to 19' sailboats. When it is calm, you pretty much just get in and go. But when it is windy, you have to formulate a plan and adjust your handling to suit the conditions.
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Paul, I like your style. I too work for a marina who specializes in inboard and v drive boats. With these types of boats you have to think before you act. The reaction to the cause must be thought out. Same thing in winter driving.

I always "test" the surface I am driving on. Weather it be by brake application to test slickness or a little extra throttle to see how easily the tires spin over taking off. Be fully aware and then some and you will generally stay out of trouble save for the other fools who forget how to drive in snow every year.
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Thanks a ton for your posts / responses. Sounds like a lot of good stories and experience. Just one follow up, when people say put some kitty litter on the rear axle, how many lbs do they typically use? 2 bags? (That's about 60 LBS I guess?).

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Thanks a ton for your posts / responses. Sounds like a lot of good stories and experience. Just one follow up, when people say put some kitty litter on the rear axle, how many lbs do they typically use? 2 bags? (That's about 60 LBS I guess?).

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Keep a snow shovel handy and clear a path for your wheels in the snow or ice and then apply the sand or kitty litter along the path your wheels will travel. You don't need to pile it up, just spread it out and don't spin the wheels.

Also don't tailgate, leave lots of stopping distance. I don't care if I am late to get somewhere and will save time if I don't get stuck or tangled up with someone else.

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One small trick I have learned is to fill your tank up prior to a snow storm. The full weight of gas in the 26 gallon tank is 156lbs. and 192lbs. for the 32 gallon tank. This is an easy way to get more weight on the back end of the truck.
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I have grown up in New York and lived here all my life. I now live in upstate New York and get far worse weather than the city. I have driven through countless storms sometimes with 4 wheel drive, sometimes without (mostly when younger) and I can say that you just need to drive defensively and moderately. If you slip remove your foot from the gas, no brake just let it sort itself out in slight slips. If you drive alert and stay at or better yet under the speed limit you will be fine. It's not me I worry about in the snow, it's the other idiots out there that hit the 4 wheel drive button and floor it like it's 90 degrees outside. Those are the people that will slam into you and then act like it wasn't they're fault, they slipped on ice. You can't stop it, but driving defensively will allow you to recognize these people. I also purchased Z chains for the tires. Not sure if I'll ever need them, but they are there packed up in a little case under the back seat. I'm all set for this years snow!
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