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    View Poll Results: Do You Drive Easier in Hotter Weather?

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    • Yes. Either from old habits or overall cautiousness.

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    • No. Who cares, temperature is just a number.

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    • Drive in heat? **** that! I sit next to my open freezer.

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    Thread: Poll: Do You Drive Easier in Hot Weather?

    1. Member clutchrider's Avatar
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      06-21-2012 10:06 AM #1
      The past two days here in CT got me thinking. Typically when the weather gets hot like this and is humid and the air is dense, I tend to drive my car a bit lighter. Shifting earlier, not being aggressive, etc. I wonder if anyone does the same of if I'm just being dumb. After driving older cars when I was young I always went easy during hotter days to keep from running into problems. I realize newer cars are better at managing weather, but it's engraved on my brain so I still do it.

      So what say TCL; do you drive easier, say **** it and keep beating, or is there a middleground? I realize that 90+ degree weather is probably normal for some (AZ, FL, etc.) so the opinions may differ.

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      06-21-2012 10:15 AM #2
      fcuk it and keep beating!

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      06-21-2012 10:19 AM #3
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    4. 06-21-2012 10:20 AM #4
      It just seems to be slightly less fun to drive hard in hot weather. When it cools downs, it feels like the car runs better, quicker. That's when I prefer to drive aggressively. Not that heat will stop me from driving hard, but I believe yes I do run it a bit harder when it's between 50-70.

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      06-21-2012 10:21 AM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by Tiny4cyl View Post
      fcuk it and keep beating!
      this, mildly hot or 100+ hot if your cars cooling system is functioning proper I see no reason to baby it.

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      06-21-2012 10:22 AM #6
      I drive the same or faster so air from sunroof circulates the car more. Rev's I keep low still.

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      06-21-2012 10:25 AM #7
      It actually feels like my suspension and tires gets a bit more comfortable in higher heat (and its been nearing 100 the last couple days here) so I tend to end up beating on it more because it feels more fluid the way it moves.

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      06-21-2012 10:28 AM #8
      No, but I will idle it for a 20-30 seconds after quickly pulling off the interstate in hot weather, like into a rest stop.

      I tend to take it easy when it's cold since the synchros are usually a little recalcitrant for the first few miles.
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      06-21-2012 10:32 AM #9
      I drive easier because the piece of **** Neon I've been driving physically can't get out of its own way with the a/c on. Although I can't complain about the A/C, it's pretty ice cold and awesome.

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      06-21-2012 10:38 AM #10
      I find the tires/suspension/steering feels better when it's hot, but the engine runs better when it's cool. I've noticed a major difference since it got hotter, but seems that's to be expected with a turbo. I'm trying to take it easy for a while.

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      06-21-2012 10:50 AM #11
      i keep a much closer eye on the water/oil temps, but something in my subconscious does tell me to go a little easier on the accelerations.
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      06-21-2012 10:57 AM #12
      The air is actually less dense in hotter weather. It might be dense in the sense that there's generally more humidity and you can sense that stewey feeling, but as far as your engine is concerned there's less oxygen entering per same volume of air.

      Quote Originally Posted by clutchrider View Post
      The past two days here in CT got me thinking. Typically when the weather gets hot like this and is humid and the air is dense, ...
      Quote Originally Posted by Roboturner913 View Post
      I find the tires/suspension/steering feels better when it's hot, but the engine runs better when it's cool. I've noticed a major difference since it got hotter, but seems that's to be expected with a turbo. I'm trying to take it easy for a while.
      Right, your engine runs better when cooler air is available - that's why people buy CAIs. On balance you get better mileage in the heat.
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      06-21-2012 10:59 AM #13
      If I am using the a/c, then I seem to drive a bit easier. I love a cool/cold day to drive at the track and not overheat my tires, brakes etc. Never really thought about it, but I do drive harder when its cold out! Its always hot in Houston, so the cool/cold days are really cherished to me! I love to drive fast so if the conditions are right, screw the temperature!

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      06-21-2012 11:20 AM #14
      I just sit back in the leather and relax while soaking up the A/C that I fixed this spring.

      Best money I spent fixing the A/C in my 95 Grand Cherokee. Climate control works flawlessly.

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      06-21-2012 11:41 AM #15
      First car in sig, yes. Second one, no. But speaking of which, the power sucking ability of the accent's a/c is VERY profound. Not that the 110hp is much at all to begin with, but jumping junebugs does it feel like 80-85 with that a/c a-crankin'!
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      06-21-2012 11:50 AM #16
      No. I push my car hard even when it's 115+ here on the road (even though the temperature usually peaks around 112-114 in Las Vegas, the road temps can often hit 120+ due to exhaust, the sun heating the asphalt, etc).

      However, I will say that a modified N55 with A/C on performs pretty poorly in 115+ conditions.
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      06-21-2012 11:58 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by SchnellFowVay View Post
      No. I push my car hard even when it's 115+ here on the road (even though the temperature usually peaks around 112-114 in Las Vegas, the road temps can often hit 120+ due to exhaust, the sun heating the asphalt, etc).

      However, I will say that a modified N55 with A/C on performs pretty poorly in 115+ conditions.
      LOL, I know what you mean. I drove a 335i Xdrive in very high temperatures and you can really feel the power decrease. I also drove a 328i (some bolt ons) up a hill in 103 degree weather with full A/C on full and a passenger in my car....it did not go well.

    18. 06-21-2012 12:03 PM #18
      Anything below 110*F and I wont really change the way I drive.
      Once we start getting above that point I try to avoid roads with much traffic and stick to back roads.

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      06-21-2012 12:10 PM #19
      Tracking my car in the winter months here in Texas vs. the summer months when it comes to my car's overall performance is night and day. Heat is a killer for brake pads and tires (obviously ) so I tend to not push my car as hard after several laps in the summer time. However in the winter months I tend to push the car's harder on the track and can usually go several more laps before I begin to experience soft tires or brake fade.

      My .02

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      06-21-2012 12:35 PM #20
      I'm usually more irritable in the heat (stuck to the seat, clothes stuck to me, swass, etc.), especially when I hit traffic because people are too ****ing retarded to know how to drive in anything other than absolutely ideal conditions (even then, it's a crap shoot). When I'm irritated, I take it out on the car.
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      06-21-2012 12:40 PM #21
      The Speed3 is actually happier in hot weather than it is in cold weather. Not as powerful, but much less cranky.

      Most track driving happens in the summer, so I don't get much of a choice there.
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      06-21-2012 12:41 PM #22
      seeing as how my a/c crapped out and i need a recharge....no.

      i live in ct as well - it's freakin hot dude. but i dont mind, i did a coolant flush on my jetta this spring so i figured hey, why not see what this expensive G12 is all about.

      truck - no way. drive it like i stole it. thing is a beast and besides, i tow my boat all the time in the summer with that btch.
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    23. 06-21-2012 12:46 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by WakusPakus View Post
      i live in ct as well - it's freakin hot dude.
      Just checked the weather, it is actually hotter up there than it is down here in Texas.
      But we will have you beat by the end of the summer, it should be another fun year with 100+ days of 100+ degree temps.

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      06-21-2012 12:49 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by clutchrider View Post
      , I tend to drive my car a bit lighter. Shifting earlier, not being aggressive, etc. I wonder if anyone does the same
      Yup. AND I watch the temp gauge if in a traffic jam. AND will prop open the hood to help cooldown when home.
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    25. 06-21-2012 12:51 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by TheGreenspanator View Post
      I drive easier because the piece of **** Neon I've been driving physically can't get out of its own way with the a/c on. Although I can't complain about the A/C, it's pretty ice cold and awesome.
      Word. I've been borrowing my Parents' 99 Outback (with the 4EAT). When the A/C is on, it's SLOOOOWW.
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      06-21-2012 01:10 PM #26
      Actually harder when it's hot. Just got back from lunch, and with 4 guys and the A/C cranked up to the highest setting the GTI felt like it might stall out in first gear. I had to really get on it to get it to move out of its own way.

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