In Reply to: Re: BMW's can be dangerous posted by John Feng on November 22, 2000 at 10:50:47:
Sure it does, it does so on the basis of how hard
you are driving.
BMW drivers are accustomed to a higher level of
performance in the dry/wet. When we mentally
decide to backoff to accomodate icy/slippery
conditions, it is sometimes not enough. On ice,
I have to remind myself reduce
my speed/performance by a far greater margin
than I do for my brothers ES300. I am of the
opinion that this is an important factor for why
so many high performance sporty cars are in the
ditch after the first snow/ice storm.
You can't equate snow with black ice.
In snow I reduce "speed/performance", whether its in the Jeep or the BMW, in order to maintain a measure of control. On black ice one can only hope that there is no rut, dip, curve or slope in the road, that could potentially affect the drivability of the car. Several times I have experienced the sensation of the car drifting in the direction of the grade in the road, even though I was aware of the conditions, had adjusted my driving accordingly, and was moving at a snail-like pace. When the tire to road friction is negligible, so is control; performance becomes a non-issue.