- Jan 10, 2008
- Milwaukee, WI
It certainly is a fantastic blend of overconfident 4wd/awd vehicles, clueless drivers, poorly maintained vehicles. And hooray for me, their bad choices help raise my insurance for living in a snow state. Zaedock, I'm glad that downshifting is the holy grail for you, but it's far, far... far from being the solution to driving in wintertime (neither are 4wd, abs) as none of these things keep you in a straight line, and worst of all none of them stop the idiots around you. But why do you think a downshifted automatic will stop a car better than neutral in an ABS equipped car when any modern car will unlock the torque converter as soon as you tap the brakes? IMO it really doesn't matter, either way the braking system is stopping you and ensuring wheel rotation. In our manual, I see your point, or on a non ABS car it does serve to lessen the chance of locked front wheels, but non-ABS stick shift cars are a rarity these days. Edit: I do see your point about having the ability to accelerate, good point, but I would still do that in "D". Interestingly enough, the "Snow" mode in our Highlander basically keeps you a gear higher, not lower, than what it would normally be in.