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Morning all!

Well I've had my Type-R for all of 72 hours and I'm delighted with it. Drove to work in it this morning but since I've arrived at work, there's been a pretty good dumping of snow.

Any tips for safe and reliable driving in the snow, in a Type-R? My car is standard and I've obviously no time to change tyres, etc. - so really just looking for tips regarding gear change and driving tips, etc. Most will likely be common sense but would like to hear from those of us that have experienced it.

Thanks guys!
 

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Other than that keep revs low and user gears to slow you down. Type r are not very good in snow.
 

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Thanks, HonDan. I've previously owned an RX-8 so I should be fine but like to be prepared as best I can.
 

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For the amount of snow we get i would not worry, my Type S is fine in the snow just take it easy. I had mine sliding round a round about this morning on purpose, great fun but stability control kept kicking in to correct it.... It works...
 

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come on lads,

I ve had fun discovering the vsa is absolutely idiot proof on snow and cuts power to get you around any corner even if you plant your foot hard down...amazing !!

Didnt know what to expect from khumo tyres, but they grip fine in snow, wet or dry and the dam things are quiet too.
 

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come on lads,

I ve had fun discovering the vsa is absolutely idiot proof on snow and cuts power to get you around any corner even if you plant your foot hard down...amazing !!

Didnt know what to expect from khumo tyres, but they grip fine in snow, wet or dry and the dam things are quiet too.
Oh i can assure you it isnt, on summer tyres and 22 mph i've gone off and despite the low speed, VSA was helpless and i went in a bank.
 

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VSA and snow / ice

+1 for the VSA on snow or ice.

If you have it pull away fast with it on.
Then switch it off and try the same.

you will immediately see the difference..

It does need winter tyres though to really shine.
 

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VSA is useless on snow and ice, it will reduce power when losing traction which makes climbing any kind of slope impossible.
 

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VSA is useless on snow and ice, it will reduce power when losing traction which makes climbing any kind of slope impossible.
you can always knock it off for that, but for me its great coming out of corners and mine even wapped the abs on when i wasnt braking so i remain well impressed...
 

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Mine works fine..... in the corners I felt it breaking independent wheels, can’t fault it personally. Coming off a roundabout on to a slip road it automatically braked the front right wheel and kept me from sliding into the barrier.

Also starting off in the snow the system copes well in keeping traction, better than the Volvo i had.
 

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Personally, I didn't have a problem driving in the snow last year. The Bridgestones on my car were fine and didn't seem any better or worse than my previous 1.8 Civic.

The one thing that sucked was the high idle speed when cold. The car park at work is on a slope - nothing major, just a hundred and fifty yards uphill slope to the exit. Because it idled so fast as soon as you let the clutch out the wheels span. I tried moving up the slope forwards, backwards, diagonally VSA on/off with no joy. In the end I just sat there until the revs dropped to 800 and its was ok.

Gave everyone a laugh though.
 

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Personally, I didn't have a problem driving in the snow last year. The Bridgestones on my car were fine and didn't seem any better or worse than my previous 1.8 Civic.

The one thing that sucked was the high idle speed when cold. The car park at work is on a slope - nothing major, just a hundred and fifty yards uphill slope to the exit. Because it idled so fast as soon as you let the clutch out the wheels span. I tried moving up the slope forwards, backwards, diagonally VSA on/off with no joy. In the end I just sat there until the revs dropped to 800 and its was ok.

Gave everyone a laugh though.
Let it warm up and the revs drop before setting off otherwise when you release the clutch it will chug along (VSA on and kicking in) or wheel spin you into something unpleasant :)

In the dry the mini round about near my house catches me out quite often forgetting its still idling high, letting the clutching up and racing across it :facepalm4:
 

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Had my winter wheels/tyres on for a month or so now and they do give me a bit more confidence but not much.

The truth of the matter is .. Type-R + Snow = Shiny Japanese Sledge.
 

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mrs refuses to drive the civic in the snow its not the best where we live, vsa best to switch it off it tries to hard to stop you spinning,we live in a hilly area and last year was frightening so many close scrapes,best advice from me if you can get the winter tyres.
 

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No snow where i am yet, hoping to make use of my winter tyres
Ah, that's because I'm in the Great White North, lol. :D
 
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