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If you haven't driven in snow that much, I wouldn't recommend your first attempt be mountain roads in Colorado. You've already stated a concern with wet road handling.
May I ask exactly what you are expecting? #1 you are in a truck with a light rear end, welcome to the truck world #2 as road conditions change, so should your driving. A corner that can be taken at speed during dry conditions can't necessarily be taken at the same speed when wet, and most likely can't be taken with ice or snow present at that speed.
As for your request about winter driving conditions, I will say this. (I have driven a winter in da U.P. in a 2wd S10, several years in KS winters in either a S10 or a Silverado, so I have winter and pickup history) Get yourself some sandbags. Some go with two or three. They weigh about 60~70#s each depending on source. I typically go with 300~600# of sand depending on road conditions. Worse roads = more sand. Your gas millage WILL suffer with this weight, deal with it.
Take things slow, from a stop, feather the gas. Anticipate needing to stop before you need to stop. If you apply the brakes and begin to slide LET OFF THE BRAKES. I know it contradicts thought processes, but do it. Then begin pumping them gently. If you aren't going that fast, just smash the brakes and get used to how the ABS works, that's the computer pumping your brakes better than you can.
If you attempt to pass, make sure you have 1/2 ~ 3/4 mile to do it in. Change lanes EXTREMELY slowly, whipping out to pass will put you in the ditch. If the rear goes left, steer left, if it goes right, steer right (turn toward where your rear end is going).
Do yourself a favor. Find some snow, or ice to play on in a parking lot. Do some donuts. Be able to spin the truck on your terms, not the ice/snow's terms. If you're in Colorado with Texas plates and they stop you while playing in the parking lot, explain to the officer honestly, that you are attempting to learn in a controlled environment how your truck reacts to such conditions. Best to do when the business is closed.
If you got this far, there's a chance you might try some of it or a chance you think I am a windbag, either way, be careful!
Last edited by ffips; 10-06-2008 at 10:29 PM.