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20 minutes after I parked it, turned it off, and pulled the e-brake up. My driveway is on an incline, but nothing too steep. Scared the CRAP out of me, lol.

Tuesday into Wednesday I worked a double. It wasn't snowing when I left work (35 miles away). I get halfway home and it's white-out conditions. I was getting stuck at stop signs and red lights so I literally just had to let off my brakes and roll until I could accelerate slightly. It was that wet slushy snow, not happy fluffy snow. So I get home, parked, go inside. 20 minutes later, I hear a thud outside. I just assumed it was my boyfriend coming over and closing his car door. 5 minutes later, I notice he isn't inside. I look out my bedroom window (it's right in front of my driveway) and notice my Gen sitting in the middle of my street. I freaked out thinking my boyfriend or my dad was playing a joke on me. My boyfriend was still at work and my dad was asleep. I ran outside and unlocked the car thinking maybe I didn't put the e-brake on but it was on. Upon looking, my wheels didn't even roll... wheels locked and it just slid right down the driveway.

So... next part. I scraped all the nasty slush snow off the driveway. Then I tried several times between TCS on and off and could NOT get back up into my driveway. It was frustrating. Finally I threw some cat litter down all over the street and around my car, then some rock salt up the driveway. I finally got my car up and parked. I put giant rocks behind all my wheels and there was no more sliding. :)

Here's the next part, haha. So Wednesday into Thursday we got a little over a foot of snow. The snowblower sucked up the newspaper which the stupid delivery guy through on my sidewalk into of putting into the newspaper box, and the snowblower sucked it up and now it's stuck. So I began shoveling, and at this point the slushy snow is frozen underneath the fluffy snow. The rocks behind all of my wheels are now frozen to the damn driveway. We had to dig out my entire car, then melt all around the wheels, and SCRAPE the rocks off.

I have never had such problems in my life, hahahaha.

So who else has great snow stories with their Gens?
 

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I think those in the North East may want to think about investing in snow tires after this year lol. :D

Thats quite the story, lucky for you a snowplow didn't drive by and give you a love tap. Speaking of slipping down the driveway, I don't even have a steep driveway and I still slid about an inch or so after I put the e-brake on. Kind of unnerving eh? All in all glad your GC is still fine.

If you are afraid of it happening again try turning your steering wheel so that if ur GC does slid back it will go against the snow bank and not into the road.
 

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Thats a hell of a story! And you're on the OEM 18" All-season tires, right?
 

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im on blizzaks and winter driving is winter driving-just like any other car... sliding is bound to happen on ice or snow unless you have studs or chains on your tires. tire change makes (all season to winter performance) minimal difference, unfortunately

i struggle to navigate even halfway up my 150 ft driveway with 20ft incline even w/ a dusting of snow. i have to throw salt everywhere. even then i have to turn tcs off and burn some rubber to go up the driveway.

it definitely sucks :shake:
 

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Snow shut the entire state of SC down for two days, and the upstate for another half a day. I didn't go anywhere at all when it snowed. Not because I can't drive in it, because I lived in IL for years so a bunch of snow dumped overnight is nothing new to me, but because there are plenty of people around here that think they can too.

I did the same thing in my Mustang when I lived in IL though. Wasn't fun. So glad that it's in the 60s this weekend here. :D
 

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I work in Kentucky and live in Ohio... Kentucky decided not to pre-treat the roads a few weeks ago and they got about an inch of snow right at rush hour. It was well below freezing, about 15F with no salt. My car literally would not stop and just letting the car roll equated to the back end trying to acquaint itself with the front end. Wouldn't think an inch of snow would be that bad but it was easily the worst conditions I've ever tried to drive in.

I actually gave up after about 20-30 minutes and stopped for dinner. I heard some people spent up to 3 hours trying to get home that day.
 

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im on blizzaks and winter driving is winter driving-just like any other car... sliding is bound to happen on ice or snow unless you have studs or chains on your tires. tire change makes (all season to winter performance) minimal difference, unfortunately

i struggle to navigate even halfway up my 150 ft driveway with 20ft incline even w/ a dusting of snow. i have to throw salt everywhere. even then i have to turn tcs off and burn some rubber to go up the driveway.

it definitely sucks :shake:

you got yourself some super shitty tires then.
I have Michelin X-Ice II's and while they do slide on icy surfaces (they don't defy physics) there is a world of difference between them and the OEM all-seasons.

I'm guessing the OP is running on OEM tires. either that or it wasn't just slushy, that sounds like frozen rain.
 

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haha i could help but LMAO reading your story..seems you need to move to sunny San Diego! im originally from Spokane, WA so i know all about snow, it can be a real pain sometimes...specially when you park on the street and your car gets plowed in.......THAT is never fun!
 

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This thread makes me want to videotape me trying to get into my sloped driveway to show you all just how pathetic and futile it looks to see wheels spinning away and the car not going anywhere.

It really is one of the more demoralising things I've experienced lately, haha.
 

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20 minutes after I parked it, turned it off, and pulled the e-brake up. My driveway is on an incline, but nothing too steep. Scared the CRAP out of me, lol.

Tuesday into Wednesday I worked a double. It wasn't snowing when I left work (35 miles away). I get halfway home and it's white-out conditions. I was getting stuck at stop signs and red lights so I literally just had to let off my brakes and roll until I could accelerate slightly. It was that wet slushy snow, not happy fluffy snow. So I get home, parked, go inside. 20 minutes later, I hear a thud outside. I just assumed it was my boyfriend coming over and closing his car door. 5 minutes later, I notice he isn't inside. I look out my bedroom window (it's right in front of my driveway) and notice my Gen sitting in the middle of my street. I freaked out thinking my boyfriend or my dad was playing a joke on me. My boyfriend was still at work and my dad was asleep. I ran outside and unlocked the car thinking maybe I didn't put the e-brake on but it was on. Upon looking, my wheels didn't even roll... wheels locked and it just slid right down the driveway.

So... next part. I scraped all the nasty slush snow off the driveway. Then I tried several times between TCS on and off and could NOT get back up into my driveway. It was frustrating. Finally I threw some cat litter down all over the street and around my car, then some rock salt up the driveway. I finally got my car up and parked. I put giant rocks behind all my wheels and there was no more sliding. :)

Here's the next part, haha. So Wednesday into Thursday we got a little over a foot of snow. The snowblower sucked up the newspaper which the stupid delivery guy through on my sidewalk into of putting into the newspaper box, and the snowblower sucked it up and now it's stuck. So I began shoveling, and at this point the slushy snow is frozen underneath the fluffy snow. The rocks behind all of my wheels are now frozen to the damn driveway. We had to dig out my entire car, then melt all around the wheels, and SCRAPE the rocks off.

I have never had such problems in my life, hahahaha.

So who else has great snow stories with their Gens?
I'm sorry, this just makes me laugh so much. I've had weeks where it seems like no matter what you do the world finds some way to throw it back at you, and seems like you had one of those weeks! I feel for ya. ;-)

When I was running on my summer tires and couldn't find an installer actually capable of mounting the winter tires, I had to abandon my car a block away from my house because we picked up about 6 centimetres and I couldn't make it up the hill. Luckily some random guys riding bikes... in the snow... went by and helped me basically to drift the bugger up the hill to the side street near my house, and after rounding the corner I was able to roll down the street a ways until I found a stretch where I could pull off to one side. I had to turn right, rather than left, so it was actually uncomfortably far from my house as far as protective instincts go.


thats scary. luckily your car had no damage
Yeah, that was the part I was afraid of when I read "a thud outside". Whenever I park on an icy slope, it's almost like a phobia.


im on blizzaks and winter driving is winter driving-just like any other car... sliding is bound to happen on ice or snow unless you have studs or chains on your tires. tire change makes (all season to winter performance) minimal difference, unfortunately
While winter performance on the Blizzaks isn't like having four strongmen push the car anywhere it needs to go, I definitely disagree. Of course, I was running on the Potenza summer tires in my first snowfall, so comparing those to the Blizzaks in the snow is like comparing a motorcycle versus a snowmobile.

All season tires are intended for dry roads, wet roads, and light snow. Winter tires are more capable of handling the deeper stuff based on sipe pattern and softer rubber, and are much better on ice -- but ice can vary so widely in traction that it's not reliable. In terms of "butt dyno" all-seasons-versus-winters feel very similar, but the measurable statistics are very clear that winter tires are much better on compact snow, deep snow, and ice.
 

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I assure you all I freaked out when all of this happened, but now I just sit back and laugh, haha. I called out of work Wednesday overnight after I realized we were getting a foot of snow dumped on us and knowing we had the slush/ice underneath, I wasn't taking the chance driving to work and either getting stuck there or somewhere near my house where the roads wouldn't be plowed. My shift supervisor actually threatened to write me up, and I seriously laughed in her face over the phone (we don't get along, and she's on thin ice anyway). Low and behold 2 other people on the overnight called out and 6 people for the morning shift called out. You know, it's one thing when you have a car that is FWD or can handle this kind of weather. But seriously, when I bought this car, NJ really only would get 1 or 2 storms a winter. So far we've had 3 or 4 I think where it actually accumulated and debilitated driving. Last year we had 3 big storms and a few smaller ones.

My dad wound up getting those iron angle things to put behind my wheels, haha. He works for Verizon so the company gives them to him for his work truck. For summer, I'm buying those Hankook V12's probably with my income tax check. I'm moving in a month MUCH more closer to work (literally 6 miles away) so I'm not even bothering with winter tires. If I need to get to work, a co-worker will come and get me or I can call a cab. It's just commuting now that's a major problem! Plus, my boyfriend has a silly little commuter car that can surely handle the snow much better than me. :)

Oh, and yes, I am on the OEM 18" tires, haha. I really don't think winter tires would have helped THAT much in this kind of crap. My dad's 06 Silverado w/Vortex Max has 4x4 and winter tires and even THAT was sliding around. It's just a crappy winter all together for a state that barely gets hit!
 

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Great story & thanks for sharing, but sorry you had so much trouble with your car in the driveway with that weather.
 

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We have a 40% chance of snow this week in Texas (it was 78 degrees yesterday) and my 4x4 truck is taken apart. I guess I'll be learning all about the Track's summer tires snow (lack of) performance. I hear it's something to behold.
 

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... (it was 78 degrees yesterday) ...
Ha! Isn't 78 warm? I wish it was 78 here, more like -4 or lower lol. I understand though, its different when you don't get that weather all winter. Texas is the bomb, I try to make it down every year at least to visit my dad and enjoy the awesome weather. Rather be there than here!
 

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We have a 40% chance of snow this week in Texas (it was 78 degrees yesterday) and my 4x4 truck is taken apart. I guess I'll be learning all about the Track's summer tires snow (lack of) performance. I hear it's something to behold.
Wtf? Talk about global warming, lol. Or even better... an ice age, haha.
 

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We have a 40% chance of snow this week in Texas (it was 78 degrees yesterday) and my 4x4 truck is taken apart. I guess I'll be learning all about the Track's summer tires snow (lack of) performance. I hear it's something to behold.
Heh heh.

Ha ha ha...

Muahahahaha!

Have fun. I know I did. ;-)
 

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We have a 40% chance of snow this week in Texas (it was 78 degrees yesterday) and my 4x4 truck is taken apart. I guess I'll be learning all about the Track's summer tires snow (lack of) performance. I hear it's something to behold.
OH GOD NO, 78 DEGREES? Wow. I don't know how you were able to do ANYTHING in 78 degree weather!

And 40% chance of snow? Oh man, you're screwed. Its the end of the world.



Not to be a dick, but I envy you so much.
 
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