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Old 01-23-2017, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Barrington, NH!
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Except when you don't.
Nothing like a RWD car in a slick parking lot for doing some great donuts
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Old 01-23-2017, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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Nothing like a RWD car in a slick parking lot for doing some great donuts
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Old 01-24-2017, 01:05 AM
 
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All-wheel or 4-wheel drive is good for getting you out of being stuck in snow/mud/whatever. However, stopping distance is essentially unaffected, especially on things like ice/black ice/hard-packed snow. The traction to the road in these scenarios, related to stopping, are more dictated by the tire. When I visit NH annually, I run studded snows on my AWD vehicle (and even when I had RWD and FWD only, I did the same). The only downsize I see for studded snows (other than swapping them on and off, in Fall and Spring, is that the stopping distance in the conditions listed above tend to be significantly shorter than the guy behind you who does not have them. But in the worst scenario, I would rather be rear-ended than hit someone else, as the accident tends to be the fault of the driver that hits you from behind. I admit getting stuck sucks, but rear-ending somebody else is worse.

(And steveusaf, a FWD car in a slick parking lot, doing donuts in reverse is fun too)
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Old 01-24-2017, 06:17 AM
 
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The black electrical tape method over the idiot light works well, unless your birth month is during the winter when you want to be using the tires. Car will not pass inspection with that light on, I'd guess. My birthday is September, so I have my stock wheels/tires on at that point so no problem for me.
Per this website: Wheel Tech Information - State TPMS Regulations NH does not require the TPMS system light to be off when the vehicle is inspected. I just had my Explorer inspected here in MA with snow tires and the TPMS light brightly lit and no issues.

You could always toss your regular tires into the trunk for inspection. I know the light goes off in my Explorer when I park in the garage close to the summer tires with TPMS.
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Old 01-24-2017, 01:02 PM
 
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Speaking of bad weather, had to drive from Dublin down to Worcester this morning. As of 8AM, the state highway department had not touched 101 or 202. And not a plow in sight all the way to Winchendon. They must have slept in? Meanwhile, Dublin, Peterborough, Jaffrey and Rindge had all plowed and treated their local streets - I could see it from 202. WTF? It was a white knuckle drive until the MA border. At least MA seem to take care of their state highways.
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Old 01-24-2017, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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They were waiting for the snow to stop so they only had to plow it once. Saving taxpayer money.
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Old 01-24-2017, 04:55 PM
 
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Saving money at the cost of driver safety. Gee, that makes sense. I would think safety would come first, like it does in our towns.

So they sit around and play cards while they wait. Is it big stakes poker?
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Old 01-24-2017, 06:13 PM
 
Location: West Madison^WMHT
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New Hampshire believes in self help (and tire chains)
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Old 01-24-2017, 09:05 PM
 
Location: IN
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After driving all types of vehicles, the best of all worlds is a small AWD with good handling, cornering, safety, and fuel efficiency. I get a nice bonus by having very low monthly vehicle insurance rates as well- around $45.
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Old 01-25-2017, 05:41 PM
 
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I love how the Winter driving threads brings out all the NH forum members. It's always a hot topic in New Hampshire, everyone wants to weigh in on this one.
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