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on an unplowed street in a Toyota a winter driving story

another polar vortex and snow headed our way, we we’d spotlight a story frequent commenter Greg related in response to our Open on best wintertime cars. to say, Greg doesn’t a ringing endorsement for the Toyota

I had my license for almost a year and I was at Tom Thumb convenient store on New Eve. It had been snowing all with six to seven inches of on the ground, and still coming fast. I worked late, 10 or 11 pm. My Toyota Corolla needed gas and I to the gas station across the street the store. I started the car up and depressed the and was greeted with a loud It was not hard to figure out the clutch had snapped, since pushing the no longer did anything.

I only lived nine away, but friends and relatives back at the house for a New Year and I wanted to join. I was determined to get and the car back home. The only that I could get the car into was

Still snowing like the roads were empty and because it was close to New Year I took off backwards down the Now the heating system apparently was not for Minnesota winters, the defroster barely keep the windshield with the highest heat and fan The back window was impossible to see snow piling up on the outside and on the inside. I opened the driver’s and tried to guide the Toyota Reverse progress was tedious and the Corolla was kicking snow in my

I stopped and rethought the situation. I was to put the car in gear while it was running… I the car off and started the car in 1st gear. Wow, better forward motion, 1st still kind of slow for an teenager. I eased up on the gas and shifted 2nd without the clutch. Progress,

Getting close to home, it was to make some turns. I discovered, is a big issue for a rear-wheel-drive car no clutch and brakes that stop the front wheels. I through the first couple of now coming up to the house. The driveway is a right angle off the street, but at a good incline. I needed momentum to get up the hill but not so much to into the neighbors’ floor-to-ceiling window. Turns out I had no problem either. The downward slope of the slippery snow and constantly rear wheels meant the car slid right past our

Oh well, I was pretty patient for a I just drove around the no problem. First two corners fine. The third was a “T” intersection, and did not go The Corolla exploded through the snow on the boulevard instead of the corner. It was quite dramatic, so I got out and the damage. Cool, no trees no although there was a lot of snow on the edge of the road that it was still early in the season so the was relatively soft.

Toyota Corolla Compact III

Now to get the car out of this mess, the Corolla’s snowbility had made me an expert That ability was stymied the clutch. Using the slick roads to my advantage I started the car in and the car moved back until the wheels hit that hard edge of the plowed, packed mixed with salt and So close…. I could ease up on the gas and a bit forward, then punch the gas and it would just about it over and then the rear would lose traction and forward again.

All it needs is a little push. light bulb here, a 2 watt incandescent, a fluorescent or LED be way too bright) I started the car in reverse got out and went to the front of car and pushed. almost, almost, a few times and with a burst of energy it over the edge. Woohoo! The car is Then I watched as the car backed from me. Shoot, I ran after the car and the bumper guards and grabbed YES! Nice, but now the car just on going gaining momentum me along dragging my feet in a that could have an inspiration for another idiotic episode, “Driverless reverse car skiing” It did not last long The Toyota crunched to a halt and I over the hood up to the windshield.

The of harder packed snow and speed ramped the underside of the to the top of the boulevard snow ridge. I was unharmed and even more the car seemed undamaged hitting the of snow in between a tree and pole. The Corolla was still idling along. It could running without the clutch, even with the suspension extended, the rear wheels both spinning uninhibited six off the ground.

Feeling somewhat defeated and than a little stupid, I the block back to the house. I the New Year celebrants and simply that my car was stuck and I needed a Some people offered to but I refused, I did not have the energy to everything that happened. I back to the car and shoveled the snow out under the car and the rear wheels were back on the ground. was not enough though; much snow had to come out for the wheels to get traction to extricate the Corolla the great white menace. I do not how, but once the car was free I was to get the Toyota into the driveway. was no way I was going to begin the New Year that car out of the snow after it had buried by a snow plow.


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Toyota Corolla Compact III
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