Originally Posted by BostonStrong
I turned it all the way off today to see and it said ESP OFF. Is that correct?
I'm hoping to see how the Patriot performs in the first big snowstorm up here with the Firestones before I look into winter tires.
Though it's still in the 70's
You will not be disappointed in the snow with a patriot. Even with my stock good year eagles I could go more places than any other vehicle without full lockers(including a 2011 Silverado with rear auto locker I used to drive). If you like controlled wheel spin press the ESP button once, if you want to hammer on it and slide/drift with maximum power hold it in til it says ESP off in your display.
Pressing once turns off Traction control(which limits slipping by reducing engine power). Holding it turns everything off under 35mph(including ESP which tries to assist you regain control in the event of a skid by applying brakes to the necessary tire). The BLD's use the brakes to keep all 4 tires spinning at approximately the same speed allowing greater forward traction(this is always enabled no matter the mode).
Honestly in winter I prefer to drive with traction control off but with the skid protection on. There have been a few times on hills where I try to pull out onto the road and the engine reduces power, a few choice word pop into your mind, you quickly try to push the button and mash the throttle and the BLD's get you up to speed quick enough to avoid an accident or just annoying another driver.