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Driving in snow.

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Driving in snow.

If you do have to drive on snow covered roads are you better in a light or heavy vehicle ? or put another way will a heaver car grip the road better (excluding 4WD) or does it make no difference ?
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Re: Driving in snow.

Just keep on adding  passengers, to find out !  Cheesy
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two kids didn't seem to make any difference...
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Re: Driving in snow.

You get better grip with more weight - but if you are trying to climb a really steep hill, you may be better with a lightweight vehicle.
You could also try wide tyres (or tyres with not much air in them).

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Heavier vehicles are usually better suited to snow. But the real trick is gentle steady driving, try not to make any sudden changes of direction or engine revs and start to brake gently and a long way out, Keep a lot of distance from the vehicle in front. If you need to overtake a parked (or skidding/slipping) vehicle start you turn gently from at least a hundred yards away from the obstruction. Most important unless you have no choice don't stop...however pretty the stranded driver is you will probably get stuck as well.
There was a very old trick; carry a couple of pieces of towelling (sample carpet squares are ideal) with a piece of string attached to them. If stuck tuck them under the driving wheels, tie the string to the rear door handles, this may get you moving. The string should be long enough to let the towels or pads drag behind you so you don't have to stop to pick them up.
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Slow start in slippery conditions.....From stopped...... . Clutch in.... Engine at tickover...... Clutch out.... car will move forward slowly... judge the right moment to increase the revs
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Re: Driving in snow.

What are the biggest benefits of winter tyres compared with normal tyres?
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If you have both types. and you put on your winter tyres. then the "summer tyres" don`t wear out so quick  Cheesy
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http://www.autocar.co.uk/blogs/tester%E2%80%99s-notes/just-how-good-are-winter-tyres
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I don't really think the snow is as bad as the ice. I used to drive 16 miles to work in the snow. One year we had it really bad.. I was driving home and suddenly the snow got really heavy and thick. I could only see about a foot in front of the car. Everyone was hitting the brakes and turning on the hazard lights. All anyone could see was orange flashing lights - if you were really lucky. How any of us actually made it along those 2 miles without any accidents I'll never know. It was terrifying - you couldn't stop because the car behind probably wouldn't and yet you were stupid to keep going. It was a major A road too and the snow despite the traffic was at least 2-3 inches thick and getting worse.
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The ice however is completely different. I've only really encountered that once and suffered really bad consequences as a result. The car was a write off - real nasty mess. Quote was £4.5k to repair it. I got lucky and had another matching model on the drive which wasn't going to pass an MOT so it died a noble death allowing the crashed car to live on.
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I think, but could be wrong, when watching rally cars on snow and ice, they have narrow tyres with spikes, they want the weight of the car to push into the ice to force the spikes and tread into the snow and ice for grip. snow and ice melts under pressure.
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When the snow gets compacted to ice,  it doesn't matter how big you are, if there's no traction, you're gonna slide!    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-21081224
However,  I don't think much of this piece of advice from the BBC,  especially his final comment!
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Re: Driving in snow.

Quote from: vilefoxdemonofdoom
You could also try wide tyres (or tyres with not much air in them).

Only on deep snow, which is normally off road driving for hard pack snow on roads godsell4 is correct
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I think, but could be wrong, when watching rally cars on snow and ice, they have narrow tyres with spikes, they want the weight of the car to push into the ice to force the spikes and tread into the snow and ice for grip. snow and ice melts under pressure.

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What are the biggest benefits of winter tyres compared with normal tyres?

If the roads are clear of traffic you will not get stuck but the disadvantage is being trapped in a queue of traffic knowing that you have no problems driving in the conditions and getting very frustrated with the other drivers. 
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When the snow gets compacted to ice,   it doesn't matter how big you are, if there's no traction, you're gonna slide!    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-21081224

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However,  I don't think much of this piece of advice from the BBC,  especially his final comment!

No me neither. I had a head on prang a few years back with a parked car due to the ice. I tried everything to slow the car down but it just kept going for about 50 yards until it lined up perfectly with another car and hit it. I'd tried slowing it down, gently steering it, using the hand brake, nothing worked. I was only doing 20mph so I was reasonably lucky however had I been doing a faster and more dangerous speed, with the brakes fully on, there would have been no airbag deployment to protect me.
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However,  I don't think much of this piece of advice from the BBC,  especially his final comment!

This advice was also given by one of the motoring organisations today but they stressed only if your car has ABS braking.