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Old 11-01-2017, 10:44 AM
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Set the gearbox to c, or w, or whatever your car has...to avoid first gear starts. Remember that a 4wd is just the same as any other car on the road when applying the brakes...it has no special powers.
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Old 11-01-2017, 12:30 PM
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Absolutely right it, I can say from personal experience stopping one of these 2.3 Ton beasts on ice or snow especially downhill, can be virtually impossible ! they may have abs but sailing onto a busy junction without stopping is just as terrifying whether you have abs hammering away or not. so yes, my advice would be go steady, especially downhill
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My 'two-pennorth' is to be very careful to avoid over confidence. The first time you go out in snow in a 4WD and you see 'normal' vehicles all around you skidding and sliding (especially up hill and trying to get up slip road ramps etc) so you start to chuckle because you can go just about anywhere.

But being able to go definitely does not mean you're able to stop!
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Old 12-01-2017, 09:25 AM
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Stick some winter tyres on it, give plenty of space in front of you to allow for the extended braking distances. I'd also (if conditions safely allow) practice braking and steering feel.

I'm off to Scotchland on Friday, I've winter tyres on my E220 and looking forward to it. My E320 on summer tyres was very very challenging in the winter as the traction control just wouldn't allow it to move on snow / ice.
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Old 12-01-2017, 09:37 AM
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My 'two-pennorth' is to be very careful to avoid over confidence. The first time you go out in snow in a 4WD and you see 'normal' vehicles all around you skidding and sliding (especially up hill and trying to get up slip road ramps etc) so you start to chuckle because you can go just about anywhere.

But being able to go definitely does not mean you're able to stop!
Totally this. And corners are not much different either. In some cases 4x4s can be more challenging to get round corners than a car due to the increased mass.
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Old 12-01-2017, 09:51 AM
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Set the gearbox to c, or w, or whatever your car has...to avoid first gear starts. Remember that a 4wd is just the same as any other car on the road when applying the brakes...it has no special powers.
+1 on this.
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Old 12-01-2017, 10:11 AM
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Thanks for input guys, good advice all round. I will let her know the pointers raised in this forum.
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Old 12-01-2017, 10:22 AM
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You've also got to remember that you're only going as far as the 2 wheel drive car blocking the road in front of you
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Nah, you'll drive over it in an ML
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You can also expect people to demand you drive off the route because you have a 4x4 "and they can go anywhere can't they". Don't be tempted to. When snow is covering the verges its easy to find a ditch and then you have a world of problems unless you're well equipped to self extricate.

People may also expect a tow - again be careful. If you don't know what you're doing don't do it. If you damage their vehicle they won't thank you even if they demanded you do it in the first place.

In years gone by when I lived in the Peaks and previously near South Lakes and was part of response teams we were advised never to tow a car unless the driver signed a disclaimer.

They were actually good times - we used to deliver meals on wheels around Preston when the roads were too icy for normal deliveries and we were also deployed to Carlisle to ferry nurses to visit the elderly who were cut off by the conditions. It was kind of fun driving a kitted out Defender in temps down to -17 degrees yet still being toasty warm inside. The nurses were hugely impressed by where we could get to as well

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