Richard,I have winter tyres and the M5 is great in the snow.
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Just get some winter tyres and drive around everyone on summer tyres that is stuck and watch the expression on their faces. Especially priceless are those in 4x4's when you offer to give them a tow!
I must admit,even if I had snow tyres i'd be concerned about those around me who might not have them!!!!Actually i should correct my statement that my tires are an "all season" not just summer so you might expect a reasonable performance in snow but this is not the case. I've put snow tires on my kids car's though (honda accord and a Saab) and they are seriously like magic how they perform! if i had the money I'd drop it on snow tires for my M5 just for the insurance of being stuck on the road when it snows however i think most will say they park em' when it snows not just due to bad performance but rather to preserve the car.
Blimey!Well, I have had two 'significant' experiences with the M5 in the snow.
The first was last year, on 'that Monday' when then entire country came to a grinding halt, I think it was 11th Jan. I had a meeting scheduled for 9:00 in the south west, 240 miles from home. I set off at 4:30, at about 5:30 I heard on the radio that a hill near me that I have driven up with no problem was now closed. Roads were quiet but with 4 inches plus of snow on the motorways, I arrived by 8:30 in time for the meeting with no problem at all, stopping on the way to help out 2 people (one in an X5) that were stuck.
A couple of weeks ago I was coming back from the south west on Tuesday, just south of Sheffield there was blizzard, several people stuck, I think they got about a foot of snow there. The M18 was just about deserted by 7:00pm, just me on it! I had to stop twice to clear the snow and ice from the head lights it was snowing so hard, again a good 4 inches plus on the main carriage way. Thank goodness every one else had decided that the M18 was 'no go', I had a nice clear run! I was driving carefully as you should, the DSC light did not even come on.
If I know the conditions may be bad I will put 40L of water in a tank for extra weight, 20Kg of gravel, a shovel and a rope. I've never need the gravel, shovel or rope, but they have come in handy to help others.
I would imagine on normal tyres the beast is a handful on snow!!That was a bad Tuesday....
I was on the road too, bit further east than you on the M180; took me four hours to do the last 30-odd miles because of the traffic. I dug/pushed several people out of the snow that evening and I do wish I'd have had winter tyres on. It was just do-able, but not at all easy on normal boots - I even nearly got home but couldn't do the last 400m since the road had been closed.... Some of the worst conditions I've driven in.
It is certainly that, but good fun, unless you get stuck..I would imagine on normal tyres the beast is a handful on snow!!
Winter tyre time!!!!??? if you can find em!!It is certainly that, but good fun, unless you get stuck..
I've managed in a fair bit of snow before, but did get a little stuck in Southampton last week. Out on a night time site visit in a rural part of the county near Andover, I used the start of a rough track to turn around on a long single lane road. The track was wet, but not snowy or visibly icy. Tried to move forward and..... nothing. Backwards.....nothing. Black Ice and a bit of a rut meant that it would just not move. Shovel time!
On my wish list, would have had them for the last couple of years, but the effects of the recession means that there's always been something else to pay for. :crying2: Next year might be different though.Winter tyre time!!!!??? if you can find em!!