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Old 17th January 2020, 00:49   #16
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Great TL SST, thanks for sharing.
Just a curious question: Does the Ertiga AT have a button to force it to start in 2nd gear? I've used that a few times to get out sticky situations while driving rentals in the US.

Besides using ropes as snowchains, floor mats placed under the driving wheels to can be used to get some traction in sticky [rather, slippery] situations.
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Really ingenious of having a rope as a makeshift snow chain at a place where things could have gone south in a matter of moments.
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Thank you very much for the wisdom and teaching a very important lesson on safety that returning is always an option and should always be kept in mind.
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Was really amazing to see the ingenuity of using the rope as makeshift snow chains.
Thank you.
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I have one question about the XL6, whether you would recommend this petrol powered Vehicle which has less torque...

Please guide me about the manual gearbox
I haven't driven the XL6 with manual gearbox, but I don't expect it to be less than adequate.
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I always wonder, how the snow is managed in India?
I always think how are the things managed back home? Or just we believe in luck and destiny too much.
Never mind winter tyres - there are enough cars with bald tyres out there, coping in the snow. And snow clearing is less of a priority than landslide clearing! Also, sometimes snow management happens like this:

I hope he has support vehicles in case of a breakdown, but I suppose that would be too much to ask.
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Great TL SST, thanks for sharing.
Just a curious question: Does the Ertiga AT have a button to force it to start in 2nd gear?
Thank you. No, it doesn't have a W button, but one can engage 2nd gear directly and hold it anyway.
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...floor mats placed under the driving wheels to can be used to get some traction in sticky [rather, slippery] situations.
Not using Kagu mats (which is what the car had) for traction, thanks! And traction mats/tracks like Maxtrax are for recovery, not prolonged driving.
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While driving in snow can be tricky and fun at the same time, some tips like below do bring a lot of difference in making your day overall.
  1. Drive slow
  2. Accelerate and decelerate slowly
  3. Increase your following distance to 5 to 6 seconds
  4. Know your brakes
  5. Dont come to a complete stop unless you have to
  6. Don't power up hills
  7. Don't stop while going up a hill
  8. Have a good set of winter tyres
  9. Always keep a snow chain or substitute in the boot

The video is taken on route to Charmonix from Gstaad in Switzerland in the last week of December 2019.



The drive:
  1. a RWD which is always trickier to drive on less traction surfaces, but more fun at the same time
  2. on Continental Winter Contact snow tyres - 225/40R 18 92V
  3. with Pewag Servo Matik Snow Chains in the boot
  4. on Eco Pro mode most of the time on snow/icy conditions to keep power transmission to rear tyres as smooth as possible


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sorry didn't mean to hijack, but this thread freshen some memories

driving or riding (or even walking!) over snow is very tricky. In May-2018, me with family went to Ladakh trip. As per our initial plan, we were to visit KhardungLa & Nubra from Leh, and from Nubra had to directly go Pangong. But due to heavy snow then, K.Top was blocked for 2 days. Later we changed plan to visit Pangong from Leh, and after crossing Zingral there was big traffic jam, due to ahead snowfall. We were stuck for almost 4-5 hours, and eventually managed to reach Tangtse for stay. During that time, I had to drive my Fortuner over ice, no snow-chains. It did stuck in a ditch, but LL (4wd low gear) came to rescue! It was truly an thrilling experience. At one point with some inclined way, the car going ahead lost traction and was sliding back, luckily it didn't slide all till my car! Another case wherein a tourist van was coming across a slight decline path, and that (dumb) guy brakes - making his van slide all over, luckily again missing to hit my car! We stayed at Tangtse for 2 nights, visited PangongTso, and from there took the Shyok-Agham route to Nubra, which was bad at sections (gravels), but careful driving was enough, without any 4wd gear engagement.

I did share that day's log in my video, allow me to share and relive the memories:




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