Originally Posted by monkeydust
I've had my 2011 for a few years now and have occasionally encountered snow. But, this year has been a bit heavy on the snow/ice driving. From my previous vehicle (Porsche 911), snow tires made a huge difference in snow performance. Apart from that, are there any other things that would improve the Q5's snow handling? For an AWD vehicle, would bags of salt in the back make any difference? Are there any settings that I should use when driving in snow or use a different gear than the tiptronic's regular Drive(D) mode? I typically will slide when stopping or pulling out into a turn from a stop and was wondering if anything but snow tires would help. Thanks.
What they said...but slipping/sliding when you brake, then you are driving too fast for conditions.
Snows will help but really you need to slow a bit, and anticipate. AWD vehicles may accelerate faster than 2 wd vehicles in slippery conditions, but will not stop any shorter.
You cannot exceed the law of physics.