I live in Texas. I only ever see large amounts of snow if I leave the state. But what I learned after doing not one, but two snow driving schools with Porsche and Mazda, is how to turn those distinct winter driving disadvantages into wild hooning superpowers—and also how not to spin out, crash and die.
The 2017 Ford Escape will melt ice off its windshield wipers in ten minutes at as low as -17ºF, and you can tell it to do that using your smartphone.
Highway 490 around Rochester, New York was absolutely inundated with snow this week with everything from buses to big rigs getting stuck and stopping plows. As we always love to see; some good samaritans went above and beyond their truck’s tow rating to get people going again.
MUSH! [Image: Toyota]
Nissan obviously thought long and hard about how to make their jellybeanmobiles exciting in time for the Chicago Auto Show. How about... treads?! [Image via Nissan and there are plenty more if you’re into this!]
Top always down! Here’s a fellow automotive journalist recording some very sideways footage in the passenger seat of a new ND Mazda MX-5 in the snow at Mazda’s Ice Academy. Whoever said that it wasn’t a fantastic winter car clearly didn’t dress for the weather, or is averse to opposite lock. This car was made for snow…
Automakers do insane amounts of testing to make sure your vehicle can handle whatever you throw at it, even in freezing, snowy, slushy and icy conditions. Here are just a few of the many, many components and systems automakers have to put through the wringer to deal with winter.
Speed. Power. Noise. Ice. And a near complete and total lack of visibility. This is why the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS is both the best and the worst car for driving in a blizzard. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
The Red Bull Frozen Rush returned for 2016 this month, pitting a handful of maniacs against each other in 900 horsepower racing trucks on the ski slopes at the Sunday River. Funniest thing I’ve noticed about snow racing; it’s hard to tell the difference between crashing and driving.
There’s something cathartic about watching snowmen get run over when you’re over the idea of winter. Given the total chaos caused by this weekend’s blizzard, I think we’re ready. This snow plow truck demonstrated its wrath for Mother Nature by annihilating this snowman into tiny bits, and it’s so satisfying.
When last week’s massive blizzard hit the East Coast, plenty of drivers responded by saying “nope, nope, nope.” While on the road, to boot. We’ve already heard of inundated motorists leaving their cars to walk and I wonder; is that really a good idea?
Here in New York City, all sane people were asked to stay off the roads thanks to the blizzard, and all lunatics will be doing somewhat the opposite of that. But the trains had fewer problems, despite a few closed stations. That’s because rail roads have enormous snow plows like this one.
Rally Champ and race-driving instructor Tim O’Neil set out to see if he could drift his dual rear-wheel Ford F-450 Power Stroke. Lucky for us, somebody was filming.
Sometimes being “snowed in” means just that. Wipe out the shelves at the local grocery store a few days in advance, put on fuzzy socks and stay inside. If not, your fed-up car could burst into flames while you try to force it though snow.
New York City recently went from concrete jungle to the North Pole with skyscrapers, accumulating over 20 inches of snow in the midst of a major snowstorm. As a result, the state governor called for a cease-all on travel beginning later today.
[They say that fortune favors the bold. Stay safe out there, friends. Photo credit: Raphael Orlove/Jalopnik]
Sometimes we have great ideas, and sometimes, we have great ideas. There’s a monstrous blizzard bearing down on the East Coast, so in preparation, we just snagged a brand-new 2016 Chevy Camaro SS sitting on Pirelli Sottozero winter tires. We are officially beautiful nutjobs.
As many of us already know, or are about to find out, winter driving can really suck. Icy and snowy conditions are simply hard on both people and cars, and very few cars are really designed to handle it well. But what if a car was designed just to deal well with terrible winter weather? I took a stab at it.
Hell has already broken loose in our nation’s capital with a tiny dusting of snow and (more significantly) ice patches covered area roads. Crashes, hours of traffic standstills and people abandoning their cars are being reported. The horror!