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Is rear-wheel drive better than front in the ice or snow, or does it make no difference? just been watching britain's worst weather and they are showing the snow on the M11 4 years ago.

seeing some cars skidding all over the shop it made me think about driving the bug in the ice or snow.

how do they handle?
 

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bugs are good as they are rear driven and the weight of the engine is over the driven wheels, im guessing this is with standard wheels 9not big fat ones as they will sit more on the snow than cut through it) this is based on when i was ikkle and we had a bug and used to get decent snow and all the neighbours with front engined cars would be stuck and my dad would get out with not much bother:)
 

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rear I'd think.
I got the volvo stuck yesterday (FWD) and I could move it a bit better in reverse than forward. Still needed towing out by a 4x4 in the end
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if you have never driven a bug in snow BE CAREFUL its very easy to spin if your not used to it (if you can find the space is a really good way of learning how to control a bug when they step out of line)

but yeah better than frontwheel drive cars as said above last year in the snow i went up a large hill to pick up my bros GF was a private road that had not been cleared and the only vehicle at the top was a 4x4 the drivers face was a picture when we got up very funny (he was shocked) was scary going back down though
 

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IMHO:

the keys factors in snow are tyres, driver ability & speed

if it snows hard we get cars stacking into the wall outside our house... main factor is they're going too fast to take a bend on a hill
 

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must have been about this time in 91 or 92 I had to go to Brighton in heavy snow... emergency job... trains had stopped, my now wife was stuck at Brighton station

set off in my trusty Polo

got to first open bit of road (near A217 roundabout) and the first vehicle I saw was a land rover going way too fast... he lost traction and went across the road in front of me sideways into a ditch... I chugged slowly up and glided to a halt without touching breaks... checked he was alright and drove on... he was really apologetic and embarrassed
 

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after years of defender ownership, I can confirm once they start to slide on snow...........they take a lot to stop.....

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I agree with this, if conditions are bad dont go out, even experienced drivers get caught out sometimes, good rule for driving in snow, GO SLOW!
Yeeeeeeeeeeeeears ago I did a Road Rally in the Peak District in the most incredibly snowy weather (I think it must've been the Peak Revs although maybe the 061, can't remember) and we started 60th, right near the back.

We finished 12th overall because while all the heroes were getting lairy in their 2.1 Escorts and monster Chevettes we took it slow(ish) and steady. We passed loads of them, stacked into hedges and down in ditches, or just having spun round and not being able to get traction to get going again etc.

Best rally evAr. :D

Oh, and we were in a totally stock 1.0 Austin Metro City X that wasn't running right cos the timing was miles out. Caused a few surprises when the results were announced :D :lol:
 
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