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WTD: Advice for driving in snow

Discussion in 'General Mercedes-Benz Related Discussion' started by bigharj, Dec 19, 2010.

  1. bigharj

    bigharj Guest

    My S320 is shod with 275/35 19's at the rear and yesterday it was the only car on the roads that could not go up any minor incline!

    Thanks to all those patient drivers who just waited behind me until I decided to give up, turn around and then abandon the car closer to home.

    Has anybody had similar experiences and what were the remedies if any?

    Thanks

    Harj
     
  2. rf065

    rf065 Senior Member

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    Winter tyres.

    Russ
     
  3. jibcl500

    jibcl500 Senior Member

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  4. Colt45_GTO

    Colt45_GTO Senior Member

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    take the bus!








    :lol::lol::lol:
     
  5. kamalpatel12448

    kamalpatel12448 Senior Member

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  6. jberks

    jberks Senior Member

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    You could try reducing the tyre pressures but to be honest 275 is too wide, even in the wet a lot of the time, let alone ice. It looks good but actually is counter productive for grip most of the time. I'd suggest getting some normal wheels with winter tyres and keeping the 275s for summer.
     
  7. Alex M Grieve

    Alex M Grieve Senior Member

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    I agree. 225 55 16s are the regular size, but slimmer if you wish - the tyre fitters will advise.
     
  8. trebronic

    trebronic Active Member

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    Tyres in Snow

    I had major problems with my CLK in the snow and couldn't find any snow tyres but on my way back from B&Q with 6 bags of rock salt in the boot the car drove up snow covered hills.
    So back to B&Q and purchased a piece of 3 ply 3 foot by 2 foot and a flag of the same size placed both in the boot and "hey presto" a new car. I don't have to find flat routes for my journeys.
    And yes if I get a puncture it will be a pain in the A**e lifting the flag out but most of the shackles are off
    Cheers Dave
     
  9. brandwooddixon

    brandwooddixon Senior Member

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    Just back from Helsinki where many of the roads were covered with a mix of snow and ice, the parks had two feet of snow in open spaces and the temperature was down around -11 at mid day.

    Saw plenty of Mercedes, E and S class whizzing around as if none of it existed. Just goes to show what winter tyres can do.
     
  10. 350doc

    350doc New Member

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    I concur with getting winter tyres. My W210 E Class has had no difficulties, including when visiting an isolated restaurant in Deveon whre no car without 4WD had been recently.
     
  11. bahram

    bahram Senior Member

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    Snow Socks

    http://www.autosock.co.uk/

    :D:D
     
  12. alan782

    alan782 Senior Member

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    I put snow chains on (£32 from bay), and it was like driving my A6 quattro. I really cannot recommend them high enough. Only takes a couple of minuets each side to put on and less than a minuet to take off, keep them in the spare wheel well when not in use. Also always keep a shovel to help the other people blocking the road get out the way!
     

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