That's exactly the impression I got, the likelyhood of the rear overtaking the front in conditions where it's simply cold (no snow or ice) is in my view, exceptionally unlikely.
In the event that I'm driving on snow or ice, it's likely I'll be going very very slowly and carefully. The youtube video's I've seen are very informative and excellently put together, but they're essentially people trying to drive quickly on snow, or slamming on the brakes from speed, to demonstrate what *can* happen.
*also, please don't get me started on the *recommendation* that you put your best tyres on the rear of a front wheel drive car, I remember when this advice came out a few years ago and has been completely and utterly ignore by virtually everyone in in the industry - the rationale was that it's harder to control the loss of grip to the rear wheels - (which although technicall correct, does not take into account the LIKELYHOOD of losing rear grip, compared to the likelyhood of losing front grip) I have never ever experienced the loss of rear grip in a front wheel drive car. Rant over.
Last edited by rancidswan; 10-10-11 at 14:53.