|Topic: Sliding on a Banked Road|
|If the road
you are driving on is banked to the right or left, your car will slide
to the downhill side of the road and off on to the shoulder if it is
covered with ice or snow (red arrow). Tire chains on the rear of your
SUV won't help you with this problem.
If you have one set of tire chains, try this. Place one of the chains on the front tire and the other on the rear. Place both chains on the downhill side of the car. Put your SUV into low range 4 wheel drive and slowly pull ahead. The tire chains will bite into the ice because the weight of your SUV is shifted to the downhill side. This will often give you the traction you need to get going again. As soon as you get out of the curve, remove the chains from your SUV.
Caution: If you continue to move forward on a steeply banked curve, even in 4 wheel drive, you will also continue to slide to the downhill side of the road due to the common concept of gravity! Eventually you will be in the ditch and then you will really be stranded.
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