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post #1 of 17 Old 11-23-2013, 09:58 AM Thread Starter
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Any tips on driving a BMW in snow/ice?

Hi, apart from having snow tyres fitted are there any other tips people can share for driving a RWD BMW on snow and ice? I've always had FWD cars previously so quite curious as to how this winter will go.

I've heard filling the boot with heavy items helps

Anything else??

Thanks in advance
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post #2 of 17 Old 11-24-2013, 10:49 AM
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You nailed the primary must-have in winter tires. You should be good with tires and rwd unless you live in a heavy snow prone area like myself where awd is needed for getting around on a daily basis.
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post #3 of 17 Old 11-24-2013, 11:33 AM
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get used to counter steering, RWD is inherantly tail happy in the snow so get used to using counter steering to keep yourself level. Do be weary of over compensation though, because you can go from counter steer to snap over steer if you over react.

Just be gentle, dont out drive your advantages thats all.
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post #4 of 17 Old 11-24-2013, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for info.

We don't get loads of snow but that's kind of the problem- local councils that salt the roads tend to get caught out and roads are horrendous for a few days.

Hopefully with decent tyres it should be fine- if not there's always the wife's FWD Audi A1. She's got a nice pair of winter walking boots haha!
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post #5 of 17 Old 11-25-2013, 12:37 PM
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good winter tires, and even more importantly. Knowing the limits of traction - WHICH MEANS - driving at appropriate speeds in the snow, and taking turns at the approporiate speeds. Have THROTTLE CONTROL. You have to realize that your throttle and steering inputs is what keeps your tires from slipping and sliding out of control.

So manage both wisely

Truth be told. I drove one year on high performance summer tires (yes I am an idot)

But I survived by understanding what I can do and what I cant do.

Did I get stuck? Of course... Lots of times.. But I never lost control of the car because I was gentle with my steering and throttle and I understand where the limits of traction where with my bald tires - and I stayed very far away from that limit



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post #6 of 17 Old 11-25-2013, 12:53 PM
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What has helped me with driving a sports car in winter was getting a set of winter tires, even if they're the cheapest set you can find, they will be far better than running all seasons.

All season tires in extreme cold won't be as grippy as they are in warmer temperatures, this is why you need winter tires, they stay soft in cold temperatures and as a result still grip good enough.

After that, find a big parking lot with snow, and learn how to control your car when it gets out of control, so this is where the fun happens....GO DRIFTING.



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post #7 of 17 Old 11-25-2013, 03:28 PM
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Truth be told. I drove one year on high performance summer tires (yes I am an idot)

I was lazy and waited too long to take off the summers. There was some light snow on the road. As I was driving on a decline, I couldn't stop, even with ABS. The car slid until I hit a dry patch. The scary thing was, an old lady was walking her dog in front of me. I leaned on my horn and got lucky. Never again!
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post #8 of 17 Old 12-15-2013, 11:34 AM
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Having driven BMW's since 2006 my advice is: Don't.

If you really must and do not have winter tyres then knock traction control off and crawl....C.R.A.W.L... in as high a gear as possible.

My 320 coupe was better in the snow than my 320si saloon....but neither were happy about driving in the snow.
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post #9 of 17 Old 12-16-2013, 01:29 PM
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well you need snows because pretty much all BMWs come with summers, not all seasons. You can get away with all seasons but straight summers are stressful.
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post #10 of 17 Old 02-05-2015, 09:34 AM
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I'm driving a 428i RWD with M sport suspension in Canada with BMW approved winter tires. We get snow and we get lots of cold weather. Comparing the 428 to my old 328 RWD the difference is stark. My 328 never ever lost control no matter how much snow and ice was on the road, the 428 fish tails, the traction control is constantly on and it's impossible to stop on ice. The 328 was always in control, never fish tailed and I have seen traction control go on about a dozen times in 4 years. They don't make them like they used to!
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