Just went through the snow tire thing out here in OR. Check out the replies under snow tires now available and good luck. Unless you know a snow tire fairy you better get on the phone if you want to be prepared. There are tires out there but they may have to ship them from across the country.
I thought the same thing last year. When I get a new (to me) car when the first snow hits I take it out and try to get a feel for it, and I try to slide around corners etc. When I tried last year it kept correcting itself.
I don't have them either, but I've never used snow tires on any car and have done fine. This car's kind of light, and you've got to pay attention to the streets you drive down-if they've not been plowed you ought to think again.
I had my first experience with very slick conditions in the smart yesterday evening. I'm not sure any FWD or RWD vehicle would have done much better - it was dicey. Flat roads were OK at slow speed, but I was having some serious issues trying to climb snow covered hills. The rear tires would break loose and the traction control would kick in. It was tough to keep it going. Fortunately, I made it to my parent's house and parked the car there since it wouldn't climb my driveway. I do think the light weight is a contributing factor, but again, I'm not sure if anything else in the smart class would have done much better. Using all-season tires instead of snow tires didn't help, I'm sure. Ah well, now I know!
Not really busting on the car, but for climbing slick hills, the 4WD truck is king.
My 450 was being worked on and I had a 451 for a few days with just the stock all season tires. My 450 has WS-60's in 145/65R15 all the way around. Most of my 17 years of winter driving has been with all seasons, that is until I wrote off a car on an icy road. For me, snow and ice radials ever since.
With the 451 I had to fight against the traction control accelerating and cornering and over rely on the ABS to get stopped. The 450 on the other hand minimal wheel slipping under acceleration, I can corner much faster and stay in my own lane and braking is faster and far more controlled. With the ice radials I can travel at posted speeds and not be afraid of icy roads.
Invite is for all smart cars & a driver with or without a copilot as per past foliage rides.
Northern folks would meet or eat breakfast at the Front Royal, Va Cracker Barrel restaurant, 15 Riverton Commons Plaza, Front Royal, VA 22630, at 9 AMish and will leave at 10:30 AMish to Skyline Drive &...
Invite for all smart cars & a driver with or without a copilot are invited as per past foliage rides.
Northern folks could eat breakfast at the Front Royal, Va Cracker Barrel restaurant at 9AM and will leave at 10:30AM ish to Skyline Drive & drive their way to Rt 33.
Like our friends in the...
October 5 through 16 is the peak for this years fall foliage for the Skyline Drive. 10-24-2015 a few of us got together for a Skyline Drive event. I haven't seen any threads for this year. Any thoughts? Saturday October 8th, would be best for me, then I would have the co-pilot with me. We...
It is the time of year where fellow Smarties and their significant others can join one another in yes, you guessed it, the annual
Bulll Run Festival of Lights Smart car cruise talking place in Bull Run Regional
Park just outside of Centerville Va off of Lee Highway. The date is December 12 2015...
I just picked up a smart car and went to different muffler shops to see if they can weld instead of having a new exhaust put in, they said it's better to get an exhaust and put them on. Anybody have a used one locally? Must be in good condition. no leak.