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March 11, 2005

Steering Feel in icy conditions

Very slippy out this morning. It's 7am and I'm about to head to work. It's been snowing lightly all night. I take out the 911 and back out of the drive way. Immediately, I know it's slippy, the car doesn't feel right. I start moving on the road by my house and I'm nervous already. I can feel the car is moving ever so slightly even at 15 mph. I turn the corner and start towards the highway and still, the car tells me it's nervous, hard to explain but it communicates every sensation from the wheels through the steering wheel to me. I know it's slippy before I apply gas or brake.

I see a car in front overshoot and nearly exit the road. I'm closer to the highway now and then I decide, take it home. Someone is going to hit me with it like this. So, I do a U turn and head back.

I take my 98 Explorer and no sensations. Feels fine. No idea at all it's slippy until I hit the brake. The thing slides along, ABS chirping until it stops. The point is, you can't feel anything in that thing. I knew it was slippy but you don't feel it until you do something silly. You know it's slippy in the 911 because it tells you that something is wrong, i.e. it's not stuck to the road like velco and you notice this immediately once the car starts moving. I guess wheel feel is a big factor in driver safety thats lost on 99% of all car drivers because they don't have it.

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Yo Man!

Thats so cool you got a Porsche! Im spunking in my pants! But whats cooler is all that stuff you got for your playstation, the steering wheel etc, cool man!

Posted by: cj | Mar 15, 2005 3:40:55 AM

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