Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Kirkwood, Lake Tahoe, CA
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I grew up driving a wrangler (YJ) in rural Vermont where they don't plow the roads very often and ice is a normal part of life.
Just like any vehicle.
The more you know how it reacts the less likely you are to run into trouble.
I wouldn't suggest any new-to-winter driver and/or new-to-wrangler driver to attempt to drive one in winter conditions.
Especially if the person is used to driving something like a Subaru or longer SUV.
The wrangler, especially the 2 door, can be a little twitchy on ice.
That all being said. There isn't another vehicle I'd rather have in the winter.
My little wrangler has played tow truck on many many occasions driving to Kirkwood.
An Xterra, a FJ, a 4 door wrangler (case of inexperienced winter/wrangler driver), and a CRV.
Oddly enough. Because of the chain requirements, I tend to see more 4x4s off the road than FWDs.
Which goes back to my original point.
MOST of the time when you see people off he road. It is due to operator error and/or improper equipment.
I am a Vermonter living in California showing the locals how to keep it real!
Originally Posted by NY Times
In Vermont authenticity is all, they do not try to keep it real, they are real.