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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-24-2012, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
 
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OK, have to ask about snow travel?

And what is RWD? We are expecting snow tonight & tomorrow & my family is saying don't take that thing out in the snow! BTW, my youngest daughter still trys to hide her laugh when she sees my drive up. I do have a SUV that I can drive in the snow.
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rear whee drive.. An SUV with four wheel drive will have an advantage in snow over a two wheel drive car, but I would take the smart over a two wheel drive SUV in the snow.
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Rear wheel drive. These cars are fun in the snow. The snow can not be too deep. I drive mine 60 miles round trip daily, and in anywhere up to 6 inches it is not bad. I also put on Blizzak snow tires last year, what a difference. It is real good in the snow. The traction control is good once you get moving, the only problem is that it sometimes will make it hard to get going. Just go easy and it will behave, then you can drive pretty good once you get to around 30 mph. These cars are good on solid ice also with the weight in the rear. Take it out and try it and you can be the judge.
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If you believe you need a 4x4 Full sized suv to get through a few inches of snow then the smart is not for you.

But for me, We tossed on some snow tires and as long as there has been an attempt at clearing away the drifts we do just fine.

Oh and RWD drive is rear wheel drive. And since that is where the engine is then you get more traction.

One of the biggest issues with driving in the snow is being able to counter inertia. The smart has as little inertia of just about any car. And SUV's have a ton, literaly




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Speaking from experience, I find it is quite capable in the snow. I've driven mine through 4 Northern Indiana winters, with the stock all season tires, and managed to get stuck once. It wasn't the car's fault. I went somewhere I shouldn't have, and the tires were getting pretty thin, so traction was marginal at best. I screwed up, only one I could be mad at was me.

I just put a set of Kumho's on, we'll see how they do this winter.

I have to admit, it's been fun the last 4 winters honking at the the SUV's buried to the axles as I putt on by in my smart.

Drive with some sense, and you will be fine.
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No issues

In fact, had mine in PA last winter and when everyone else sliding on road; she kept on truckin!! Left PA In snow storm........7 inches........was no prob
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We moved to Beaumont, Texas this week (at least Jim and Little Blue did). Shouldn't have to worry about snow. Though I'm told that when they do get it everyone goes nuts because they seldom see snow.

The others are right, your smart should do just fine. The biggest problem will be the crazy drivers since this is the first snow of the year.
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When we do get 3 or 4 inches of snow here, the majority of cars including Corvettes are stuck cattywompas in the streets as I drive around them no problem. What fun! Very sure footed and no skidding.
Your family is unaware that 3 smarts were driven to the end of the ice road in Alaska and back, no problem, with only a shovel to clear away drifts.
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I have 3 options.....
• snow tires on the smart (really good idea)
• SUV (you have that as a option)
• smart sits in the garage ( that where mine sits)
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