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Stuck in the Snow

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Puzzle ID:#844
Fun:*** (2.67)
Difficulty:** (1.66)
Submitted By:starman****




Al's old rear-wheel-drive (2WD) pick-up truck is stuck in the snow. He does have a few concrete blocks loaded in the back but where should he locate them for maximum weight and traction on the rear tires? In front of the axle as far forward as possible, directly over the rear axle or behind the axle as far to the rear as possible?

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Don Ray
Dec 08, 2001

Correct. Also if he still couldn't get out, he could drain some coolant from his radiator and pour it on the ice under the tires. Actually though, it's not a bad idea to carry a gallon of antifreeze with you in the winter for that purpose.
Jun 03, 2002

hey don.....I don't think the epa would appreciate your suggestion. I don't know how detrimental ethylene glycol is to the environment, but I bet sand would be more safe
Mar 16, 2006

Wonderful teaser - easy for someone growing up in the snow.
Mar 14, 2007

How about sticking those blocks under the tires, then driving out (what a novel idea).
Sep 17, 2016

How about breaking the cinder blocks into little rocks, then placing them under and in front of the RIGHT REAR tire, for traction? If the truck has "Posi-traction", then place the rocks under and in front of BOTH wheels.
Sep 17, 2016

And don't stand in back of the truck, when the driver hits the throttle!

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