best settings in the snow?

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  1. Singvogel
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    Thanks for that Peter - that explains it.
     
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    Oh the complexities of what happens when you press one little button :D:D:D
     
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    How confusing! Hummmmm....so it starts snowing whilst you are going to pick up wife.........now where is that manual and what page is the information on.......?
     
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    Just drive to the conditions gentle braking and gentle acceleration, have decent tyres and relax when driving if your tense your driving will be tense, this is what i was taught when doing military driving courses and has always worked for me in the scottish winters:)
     
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    Yes...My post was....tongue in cheek. I was taught the same in 1962 in Germany.
     
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    Manual Gearbox.
    So: for snowy stuff, eco pro or comfort and short press to degrade DSC to DTC.
    And if you have the money, fit snow tyres.
    That certainly woke this thread up.
    :)
     
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    I'd say your most important "setting" should be winter tyres.

    After that, a modicum of common sense and a flick of the autobox into "Sport/Manual" mode for manual shifting has always worked a treat for me in all my BMWs. :)
     
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    Will be 'setting' my car today, off out in a few minutes, to fit the winter wheels. Forecast shows we are going into winter up here in the next few days. Temperatures dropping out by the weekend.

    Peter
     
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    Right.....! That is less than 1% of the drivers in the UK then?

    How many on this forum? Perhaps a poll will give an answer, but then perhaps not.

    PS. My wife's little SEAT has them on all year round, and mine went on 2 weeks ago. A tad early yes.
     
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    Really?? I'm surprised it's that low, but I suppose 'darn sarff' doesn't get real snow - media coverage usually shows traffic chaos if there's an inch.

    My, how we laugh......;) :D
     
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    No not really, it was a complete guess. Just putting forward the suggestion that not many people have the inclination that it is important to have winter tyres in the winter. If you know what I mean?
     
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    Ah, I see.

    I was one of those, until circumstances have forced me to reconsider my motoring 'habits' this coming Winter [hospital, etc] :oops: :oops:
     
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    I've never used winter tyres, in fact didn't even know they existed until a colleague mentioned them 4 years ago. We rarely get much snow here in Cheshire (it falls on the Pennines), and when we do get it, it's gone in a couple of days.

    And before anyone tells me I need them below 7 degs C, I feel perfectly confident down to -2 degs C. I also have the luxury of not having to use the car (semi retired).
    I think that the Xdrive should cope. If not I've always got the bike. :D
     
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    Not having to use the car does help a lot although you never know if you'll already be out and get a dumping. I have to use mine to get to work so I've got them on to give me the best chance of making it there and back in one piece.
     
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    @Mieke I certainly wouldn't try telling you that you need Winter tyres - you sound like you have the situation sussed out well enough.

    If you can avoid driving in snow for the odd day that it snows in Cheshire, then you shouldn't have a major problem.

    Having Winter tyres gives a difference like night and day, but are a significant cost if you live in a milder part of the country and are not committed to travel every day.

    For me in rural Aberdeenshire they are often a daily necessity for weeks on end.

    Mrs S and I also need to have the capability of setting off on Trans-European journeys at very short notice, and at least 4 of the countries we cross have tyre laws that mean having winter tyres from November through till at least Easter.

    Having two sets of wheels and tyres becomes a way of life, and one just changes them over when the clock go forward/back.
     
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    @Singvogel If I lived up there in the frozen north, I'd have winter tyres on the car like everyone else. (y)

    I've worked up in Aberdeen in the past and remember walking down Union St in June with a heavy winter overcoat on. Brrrrrr! :D
     
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    In my bit of Cheshire I've been sideways and bouncing off the rev limiter trying to get home on summer tyres (I live in close proximity to the Pennines)
    I run winters now..
     

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