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    Why is my van so s**te in the wet/ice?

    My Astravan slips and slides everywhere when the weather is like this
    The brakes are either not very strong or STOP!
    I dont carry much weight in it
    Could this be an issue?

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    everyones car/van is crap in the ice mate.....

    But yeh probably wont help if youve got no weight in it. Are you running standard wheels? Because the wider the wheels and tyres the worse it will be in the ice too.

    More rubber to grip in the dry means more rubber to slip in the ice !!!
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    Same reason my van does ... it knows how much fun it is and keeps u awake.

    The tyres are prob utter crap, and its got sloppy suspension with a heavy engine up front to give u extra understeer.
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    It gets to the point of dangerous though
    Maybe its just me im going through a bad patch at the mo (depression) my confidence is shot so i panic too soon.
    Makes me feel like a t**t ive been driving for years and never had a problem

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    back end on my vivaro was stepping out on a straight road today! And i was doing sub 20mph.

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    Most UK vehicles use summer tyres, try winter tyres - much better if the temperature is below 10 degrees.
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    Couple of sand bags strapped down in the back between the wheel arches. Worked fine when I used to drive a Bedford KB pickup.
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    Don't forget these vans are produced to take some serious weight and if you barely load it or load it with light items the suspension will be too stiff and this will make it skittish on the ice. Try to keep your loads over the rear axle (not the back or pengulam (sp) time). The front is heavy enough with the engine there.

    My OE suspension used to make the rear step out at every opportunity... Its fun until it catches me half asleep then my ass starts going OoOoOo.

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