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Bill B /bus
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« Reply #15 on: September 28, 2011, 05:35:07 PM »

The thing about buses is the slide. When it starts to go sideways you probably won't catch it. Maybe 10 years ago the Flying Dutchman wrote for National Bus Trader about safety issues. He postulated that at about 12 degrees off tracking then you are done as the steering angle can't be achieved fast enough to exceed the off tracking angle. In a car you can change the steering angle quick enough to catch the slide/skid. Having had to drive in way too many snow/ice storms I can recover a skid in a small vehicle without thinking. Got caught a couple of times in the bus by a snowstorm. Slow and steady. Early braking was OK.
Wet snow or icing roads then the bus is parked. Buses are big, heavy and absolutely unforgiving without traction.
Solution is to stay off less than ideal traction roads. Dry is good. Wet is not good. Snow and ice is parked


Bill & Lynn
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