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Old 10-12-2007, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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I agree with sunspirit. Clean off you windows the best you can before you start to drive. Use the car heat/window defrosters to help clear what you can't remove and keep your windows clear while you are driving.

Remove snow off your roof and hood of your car too, as it can blow back onto your rear window easily, sometimes your windshield too.

If you find yourself starting a skid or slide, don't go immediately to your brakes. Try taking your foot off the gas and seeing if that helps, at least for a few seconds. If you need to brake, be very soft on the brake pedal.

If you need to steer, try to make very small changes in steering and towards the direction you'd like the front end of the car to go. You should steer this way in any vehicle whether it's front wheel drive, rear wheel drive, 4x4, awd etc.

You know how when you crank the wheel hard on dry pavement it pushes you sideways, sometimes making a car feel like it's on two wheels? That's "G-force" in the lateral or sideways direction. Braking or accelerating hard are "G-force" in the other direction. You want to aim for as little "G-force" as possible. If this force is so low you can't feel it yourself, even better, as long as your car is moving the way you want it to.

*I also agree crossing through AZ, NM and TX would be a good idea.

You might want to have polarized sunglasses, not just regular tinted glasses in case you're driving on a sunny day with a lot of snow around you, even if it's cleared off the road. Polarized lenses help to cut down a lot more glare. A lot of fisherman like them to help them see more fish. Snow and ice reflect a lot of light, and mid-winter in the North, the sun stays pretty low all day, low enough you can't look at the horizon without seeing bright sunshine at least in your peripheral, which in some cases may cause "snow-blindness."

Polarized sunglasses aren't neccesary, just for comfort mostly, but once in a while they really help.
At minimum you will want a pair of sunglasses, but since you're from California, I figure you probably already have them.

Last edited by ColdCanadian; 10-12-2007 at 08:18 AM..
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Old 10-22-2007, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Missouri Ozarks
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Check out the forums (here on CD) for the states you'll be traveling through, especially the states up north.
They'll keep you updated.
When we go to our other house in NM, we check the NM forum and ask how the weather is and we get a quick answer.
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