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school me on the VSC and winter driving
I have been reading and watching utube vids on this subject but hoped I could get several opinions on this.
last night the wife calls me out to the car when she returned home saying there was something wrong with the brakes...
while making a right hand corner right in front of our home she (in a 2009 rav4 AWD) said she could not steer and there was an alarm beeping...we had a light amount of snow on the ground and she showed me her tire marks which failed to turn and instead drove into the far curb.
if there was traffic she likely would have hit another car or been hit as she ended up in the other lane primed to be t-boned by anyone coming that way.
i drove around the same corner and also got heavy steering, and the alarm beeping. I understand that it is something to do with the VSC. I did not turn it off and try it as i thought it should be left on for safety. (i was able to turn the wheel and avoid hitting the far curb, but the car did not impress me with its handling).
This rav4 is supposed to be an upgrade for my wife from an older subaru forester. I had wanted another subaru for her for just this reason, winter driving...but we went with the Toyota thinking it would still be pretty good snow wise and have better reliability over all.
she or I have never had a problem driving around a corner in the subaru, but both of us yesterday had trouble going around a corner with less than an inch of snow, and there was no high speed cornering when i tested it.
Does it sound like there was a problem with the VSC to you? the car responded as if it were just rear wheel drive in my opinion, and not AWD. maybe even worse, as instead of the back sliding out it just forced her to drive straight across the road into the curb, and to me it seemed heavy to steer.
Is it better to turn off the VSC for winter roads?
(Note: I am not looking to "have fun in the snow" here...i want a safe car for the wife in winter conditions...she does not have the skills to slide around corners for fun.)