Get an atlas find Norway and listen to the Norwegians.
Nice saying. Thanks
I’ll try to make this short. The snowy winter time in southern part of Norway just appeared. This series of images VG Nett - Snølandet
shows examples of how much snow that has arrived the last 24 hours (on the top you can press “Neste” which is Norwegian for “Next”, or you might press “Auto” for a slide show). Where I’m living we don’t have so much snow yet but it getting close. And it’s snowing as I’m writing now. Throughout the winter it’s quite common to have days when it’s all snowy roads and it stays this until they are able to remove it by using snowplows etc. I have driven in snowy winters the last 23 years, approx 35000+ KM per year. Long before ABS, traction systems etc. arrived.
Based on my experience and what I have learned by reading and discussed with others is:
Do never switch of ABS. If you have a winter (W) feature on your Q-tronic use it at least at icy startups and uphill. If you have a VDC in your Alfa never turn it of. Do not switch of traction control systems etc either. I never switch off any driver aid systems in my car. They are designed to help me. Be warned: Winter tires are a must! I cannot emphasize this enough. I personally never use spike tires though (as I find them dangerous). It’s not allowed to use summer tires in Norway during winter time. A huge problem in Norway is foreign trucks on summer tires blocking the main roads. Like this truck - Som å kjøre i grønnsåpe - Dagbladet.no - innenriks
which was blocking E18 this very morning. The truck is on summer tires and not using winter chains.
December 2007 I got my first Alfa. A 159 Ti Q-tronic and VDC. I had a Saab 9-5 automatic with ESP (close to Alfa’s VDC). I was afraid the Alfa would lack winter capacity compared to *The Winter Car* which Saab is famous for. What a surprise – my Ti is actually a much better winter car. I mean a much much better car.
You might find this article of interest Traction Control
A fun picture: Here you see an example of a mountain road leading to a summer ski center Fjords.com
Sorry, I failed to make it short ;-)