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I'd like to add a little to this one with respect to lights...

I live in the Central West of NSW, and driving home from work this moring - still dark - there was snow falling, and a stiff wind swirling it around.

I have a small high-intensity LED lightbar fitted to the bullbar, and switching it on resulted in something that wouldn't have been out of place in Star Wars, when one of the spaceships went into hyperspace. LOTS of long straight white lines driving right at you, no matter which way the road took you.

Turning off the lightbar made it easier to see in the blizzard-like conditions, and switching off the high beam - low beam only - gave me the clearest vision, because I wasn't getting all of my own light bounced back at me off the falling snow.

We all get caught up in the debate about the best / brightest / longest range lights for the front (and back) of our 4WD's, but sometimes, less is better.

Oh, and slow down - you might be an old hand at driving in the snow, but there's always the chance you'll encounter that tourist in a rented car who has never driven in snow before coming the other way.
Northern US states where subarus rule, they are sold with proper yellow fog lights still.

Ol' Harley

Take your point! I've always found that driving through fog has a few differences to driving through snow though. Still, 'snow use complaining! (sorry...)


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Yellow is much easier on the eyes and gives a better contrast to oncoming drivers. Getting your fog lights down low and under the fog makes a heap of difference but not so easy to do on a 4WD


Only drove in this country once in the snow and I will say it is difficult. Have driven in the Yukon and North Western Territories in Canada in winter on propper Snow tyres. Goodyear Blilzarks (Not studded) and it was a walk in the park. These tyres it's not recommended to use above 4 C. I will say the difference is like chalk and cheese, you can drive in good conditions on snow covered bitumen road at 100kph. It's almost like the snow is not even there or like driving on well graded dirt road. I found down to minus 20 they were great but did loose it a bit as the temp went lower.

Thing is in those neck of woods the snow that fell in early winter does not thaw out for the whole of winter. This makes a big difference. an overnight light sprinkle of snow gives even more grip. Trick is with snow driving don't do anything sudden. Braking, acceleration, steering input and you'll be fine.


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I worked at the Thompson Reservoir as Caretaker in the 80,s and 90,s did heaps of snow driving. Never adjusted air pressure never used chains standard Toyota 4x4 Ute PTO winch standard tyres.


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All-terrain tires are a must-have. And if there is a lot of snow, consider putting chains on tires. And never push the race to its fullest. Drive the vehicle with minimum and consistent acceleration.


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One thing perhaps overlooked is: not all snow is alike. Although dependent on seasonal variation, the typical slushy and icy stuff we get in humid Oz throughout winter is unlike that in, say, the northern island of Japan (Hokkaido). About 20 years ago we were picked up from Chitose Airport by a minibus at night and driven to Niseko (about a two hour drive) in the middle of their winter with snow bucketing down. The Highway was thickly covered in packed dry snow, deep enough to almost cover the guardrails on the road edges. We didn't drive below 100km/hr, keeping pace with other traffic. To say I was concerned is an understatement, but the van gripped the road like glue.

Two things made a significant difference: the snow in Hokkaido is known to be extremely dry, in fact, you can watch individual snowflakes fall, land on your jacket, and not have them melt - can actually see the individual crystal formations (very beautiful). The flakes fall on the ground and don't stick until enough pressure is added. Hence why skiers love the place - never get wet either.

The other difference were the tyres on the vehicle - AT's with stainless steel spikes. Obviously these tyres are economically viable and useful in climate zones where winters are very long. In other countries, chains would be more useful - dual purpose for 4WD use in snow and tricky mud situations.