Sports Cars In The Snow – Too Risky?

Sports cars are considered to be ‘death machines’ by people who don’t own them, or even ‘status symbols’ by those who, perhaps, can’t afford them.

The culture around them is a mixture of movie style glamour and classless taste. On the one hand, you have James Bond in his Aston Martin and on the other you have Vin Diesel in his souped up 1970 Dodge Charger – two very different ends of the spectrum that represent the very limits of what driving sports cars can mean.

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Now the winter months are settling in, is it time that time to retire your trusty metallic steed to the garage in favour of a sturdier vehicle?

Of course not, in fact, we might just be entering in the safest time of year to be inside a high powered sports vehicle! Sports cars tend to cost a great deal more than your average budget vehicle, as such they’re equipped with technology and parts that can make them ideal transport options for the icy winter months. Steering controls tend to be finer, grip on the road is increased through having a lower centre of gravity and stability is often boosted with Anti-Lock Braking Systems.

This doesn’t mean, however, that you should be flying out of your garage at top speed, like Batman from his cave every morning. If you’re going to be taking your Audi or Merc out on the road this winter, you need to make sure that it’s ready to handle everything the weather is going to throw at it. The wet weather can cause roads to become unexpectedly slippery, so you may need to swap out your summer tires for something a bit more grippier.

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Always try and find a specialist to source and fit your Sports car with the necessary winter gear. For example, if you’re looking to equip your trusted 911 with some steelies, don’t leave it up to your local garage – contact a trusted Porsche dealer, such as Tech-9, to find the parts and fit them with the best techniques. Whilst you’re there, it’s always a good idea to protect the underbelly of your vehicle from the corrosive effects of de-icing salt, a quick protective service will allow you to drive with confidence, knowing your not constantly decreasing the value of your precious motor.

For those of you who fall into the the majority camp of drivers without a luxury sports cars, these rules still apply, if not more. More standard vehicles are a lot heavier on their wheels, they don’t have sophisticated braking systems and often lack the luxury of 4WD steering (unlike the sturdy Audi TT or Porsche 911 GTS) – therefore you need to be a great deal more careful when you’re out on the ice.

However, just because you don’t own a sports car yourself doesn’t mean you can’t spend a few hours ogling one. If you’re looking for a fun day out looking at lovely vehicles, the Footman James Classic Vehicle Restoration Show will be on from the 5th-6th November at The Royal Bath & West Showground in Shepton Mallet. The annual show of privately owned displays and club stands have a wonderful variety of vehicles – if you’re looking to spend there’s also an auction on the Sunday that had cars to suit all budgets.

You might well be firmly gripping the icy roads in a brand new sports car this winter after all!