Originally Posted by mikemounlio
Its all about how you drive what you have. Its not what you have. Last year i took my 96 mercury cougar out and used it to pull other people out of ditches. It was a v8 and rwd. I drove my festiva everywere with out getting stuck to bad that i couldnt get out my self. I carry a shovel in the winter just cause my car sits low.
Man do i get a kick outta helping lifted 4x4 jeeps out of the snow with my rwd mercury.
I make it a goal to put as many hours drivein in the snow as i can to get myself ready for out west. O and its just fun
How you drive in the snow definitely matters. Combining smart driving with a good all-wheel-drive vehicle shod with winter traction tires is even better.
Edit: I just figured out that you live in Indiana. Once you are out West, you might find that a rearwheel drive car will be inadequate despite good driving skills. Some of the hills are steep, long, and icy enough that it would be hazardous to attempt to drive it regardless of car. There is any doubt, the best choice would be to avoid driving that particular route.
Current storm + all-wheel drive + bad choices =