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Snow Day!

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My 2010 Ford Mustang Premium, pre-storm.

Well our snowy, relentless New England winter continues. I can’t even back out of the garage today without getting stuck, making my hour-long commute to College absolutely impossible.

Oh the struggle of Rear Wheel Drive! Luckily, I have my Mother’s Subaru today.

If you absolutely need to be on the roads after (or, god forbid, during) a storm in a RWD car, try these tips:

  • Snow tires. Obvious, I know. Cars that are more on the sporty side (like my Mustang) tend to have tires that are more suited for a summer highway drive than a slushy, post-storm road. You’re going to need a lot more grip and traction on your tires if you’re to survive the roads easily, which snow tires do offer. They can be on the pricey side (which is why I don’t own them yet, personally), so I would reccomend purchasing them in the Spring or Summer when they are likely to be on sale.
  • Put the junk in the trunk. In order to greatly reduce fishtailing and sliding you need to put weight in your trunk. Sand bags are a perfect option, but basically anything that is heavy enough will do the job. Just make sure you aren’t adding too much weight, otherwise you’ll be taking “two-wheel drive” to a whole other level!
  • Kitty litter? Yes, kitty litter. If you’re caught in a icy jam in your driveway and can’t move, sprinkle kitty litter around the base of your tires and make a path behind the tires, as well. It’ll give your tires something to grip on, and with a little gas you should be able to make it out. If you don’t have a feline companion, then regular sand will do just fine!
  • Always have a shovel. Keeping a shovel in the trunk isn’t just for mafiaso! If you’re snowed in away from home (like I always tend to be at work), then dig yourself out! There’s plenty of compact shovels available in stores that can be easily stored in your trunk.
  • Prepare for the worst. Even with the best preparations, shit still tends to hit the fan. Always keep a gas can in the trunk in case you get stuck after running out of fuel. if you are low on gas (as I always am guilty as charged) then you run the risk of having your fuel freeze over. So to be safe, always keep AT LEAST half a tank during the winter. Equally as important is your warmth. I always keep a giant down comforter in the trunk, just in case. And ladies… keep your phone charged. You can’t call AAA on a dead battery.