Need advice for driving in the snow.

Discussion in 'General Tacoma Discussion' started by Lensquare, Feb 7, 2019.

  1. Lensquare

    Lensquare Member

    Hello guys! Joey here. I have a simple question and I need a collection of advice for the trip I'm about to go on in a few weeks here. I'm going to Oregon and I like to be prepared more than anything. I don't know if there will be snow or not but I need to know this stuff before I head out there.

    I have a 2017 Tacoma TRD OFFROAD 4x4 and I have never driven in the snow. I would like to know what is the best advice you can give me and what I should bring. I was already advice to bring snow chains disregardless of my truck being 4 wheel drive.

    All type of advice is welcomed.
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  3. texasred

    texasred Well-Known Member

    Best advise is that it doesn’t matter if you go when you can’t stop. Inertia mixed with no traction equals destruction.
  4. Crawdad

    Crawdad Well-Known Member

    There will be snow. Haha.
    I'm headed to N Ca this weekend and there is more snow on the way. Road closures last week and expected again this weekend.

    Do you have 4 chains or 2?
    I have chains that'll fit my tires but have honestly never used them on an open road. They're fun out in the forest after a good dump!

    A few hunnit extra hundred pounds in the front of your bed and you shouldn't have any worries.

    Always having stopping on your mind!

    I like to leave 1/8 mile or so between me and any other humans on the road. Haha
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  5. OP

    Lensquare Member

    I have 2 chains for my rear wheels. Should I bring another set just incase?

    I have heard about trucks not doing so well in the snow because of the weight distribution. By front of my bed do you mean closest to the cabin or at the end by the tailgate? Thanks for adding a number to those pounds I need because everyone who has told me so far about the bags never tells me how much I should fill them up with haha
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  6. Crawdad

    Crawdad Well-Known Member

    Well, obviously 4 chains are better than 2, 2 get you through better than none. But like I said before, I've never needed them on an open road, like hwy traveling. Extra weight close to your backglass, not by the tailgate, is what everyone recommends. This trip I'll have suitcases wrapped in a tarp across the front of my bed because puppers is taking up the back seat. Haha
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  7. Bogunn

    Bogunn Well-Known Member

    Drive slower than normal.
    Keep a good following distance.
    Throw some extra weight in the bed of your truck over the rear axle.
    Bring a shovel and some cat litter.
    Bring a tow chain/rope.
    Warm clothes, food, matches/lighter.

    In all honesty though man, you’ll be fine. Drive like you have some sense. You have an OffRoad Tacoma with crawl and terrain select. If you get hung up than everyone else is probably hung up too.
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  8. Bogunn

    Bogunn Well-Known Member

    Get a tonneau cover. lol.
    Where you planning on going that you need four chains brother?!? Lol
    The only time I’ve ever used them was on two wheel drive trucks, logging and mining roads, or storm of the century type snow and ice.
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  9. Crawdad

    Crawdad Well-Known Member

    That's why I have them, playing in the woods. Haha
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  10. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    When are you coming to oregon?
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  11. OP

    Lensquare Member

    From the 16th to the 24th
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  12. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    This is the weather for the next week. There might still be snow and ice by Saturday the 16th. 03C92B24-4E9B-4BFF-95C8-29F3D522FDD1.jpeg
    We are suppose to get 14” on the valley floor Sunday to Tuesday.
    The things @Bogunn and @Crawdad said are good. Drive slow give plenty of time to stop between vehicle leave the truck in 4h as needed use 4L or the rear locker and crawl control.
    If you haven’t practiced putting it into 4h 4L and engaging crawl control and your locker I would read up on those in the owners manual and go practice activating them on a dirt road or field somewhere.
    Bring a shovel, chains probably won’t be needed but if you have them cool. Are you coming in on I5, I84 or another route? What part of oregon are you going to? Bend? Portland? Eugene?
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  13. B-Man

    B-Man Well-Known Member

    Best advice right here!
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  14. OP

    Lensquare Member

    This is great advice! So far I'm thinking the 5 or 101 for the beautiful scenery. Going to Portland
  15. kp.taco

    kp.taco Well-Known Member

    ^^^^everything these guys are saying. And

  16. jacob13

    jacob13 Member

    Best advice I can give is carry weight in the bed. Also if it’s real slippery and your turning don’t hit the break it will cause you to continue to slide just let off the gas and let the tires eat into the snow to regain traction. If you break there’s no way for your front tires to continue forward and gain traction again IMG_0928.jpg
    Just some advice from experience lol
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  17. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    That sucks. You can throw it into neutral to help slow down so there isn’t load on the transmission.
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  18. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    101 is beautiful it’s a few more hours to the trip vs 5. Coming to my hood. :)
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  19. warmfuzzies

    warmfuzzies Well-Known Member

    Find a parking lot when you’re up there and practice seeing what happens in diff situations.

    It’s best to have fun and know yourself and the truck so you don’t freak out when it happens on the real road
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