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Old 12-09-2014, 04:45 PM   #1
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What type of bus handles the best in the snow?

So Today was an icy day in New England, and 3 out of 21 buses got in to some sort of accident today going to a local school. All 3 of those buses were conventional, 2 C2s and one IC to be exact. What I'm wondering is what type of bus handles the best in snow/ice? I live in new England, and go up to northern Maine in mid December so this could effect my purchase. If you have had experience driving with your bus in snow or ice please let me know how it's been.
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Old 12-09-2014, 05:13 PM   #2
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Re: What type of bus handles the best in the snow?

I would think a pusher would have better traction for forward motion since the engine is behind the drive wheels which could possibly mean there's more weight on them. That's only half of the equation, though. In the snow it's most important to be able to steer and brake. A good bit of weight over the steer wheels improves steering (up to a point. You don't want the back wheels to slip out); equal weight distribution improves braking, I would think..

So to answer your question: I have no idea!
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Old 12-09-2014, 05:16 PM   #3
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The best bus on the winter road is probably the one with the best tires...
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Old 12-09-2014, 06:41 PM   #4
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Re: What type of bus handles the best in the snow?

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The best bus on the winter road is probably the one with the best tires...
I know that part. Chances are I will have good tires and depending on the conditions sometimes I may put snow chains on
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Re: What type of bus handles the best in the snow?

This was our weekend trip. I run aggressive tires in the back all the time. We do a lot of gravel roads and a lot of snow, etc. This was I think an 8% grade up and down for a few miles.

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Old 12-09-2014, 11:15 PM   #6
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Re: What type of bus handles the best in the snow?

I think the best type is the one that stays home!!! Just kidding I am retired so when it snows (not very often where I live) I just hibernate. For many years I had to drive in snow, but not anymore.
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If I stayed away from driving in snow and ice I wouldn't be driving from December to March. I wish I could though.
So right now its just good tires for the suggestions
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Re: What type of bus handles the best in the snow?

To be exact, these are my tires: Hankook_Z35

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I'm stationed in Alaska and all the buses up here run these chains on a bearing that is lowered electronically by the driver. They spin and the tire runs over them, REALLY cool to watch. Especially when you don't need the chains all the time. Not sure what they are called?
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Thanks Opus, I'll look in to those

Those are automatic tire chains by onspot. There nice, but expensive. I'd get manual ones if I use chains.
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