Why four-wheel drive won’t save you on ice – even in a Range Rover


There is a crazy ‘rush hour’ into my village every morning of the week. It’s a school run and I’m afraid to say the majority of drivers are women.

They say familiarity breeds contempt and that’s certainly the case with the narrow lanes around this Gloucestershire beauty spot.

Most of the mums drive SUVs and seem to think that being in a ‘big’ car with four-wheel drive will save them and their offspring on an icy corner. ┬áIt won’t.

The Range Rover has the most sophisticated four-wheel drive system of any 4×4. It may be a luxury limo but it has all the attributes of a thoroughbred Land Rover.

Yesterday I slid sideways at 25mph on ice. It doesn’t matter how good a driver you are, permanent all-wheel drive won’t save you. Driving slower might…

Heavy frost – the Range Rover Autobiography has turned a whiter shade of pale


In about an hour’s time I’m going to press a button on the keyfob of the Range Rover from inside my office. Ten minutes later I will step outside, wrapped up against the sub zero temperature, and slip into a leather driving seat than is already warm.

All the windows of the Autobiography will have de-iced. A second blip of the fob will open both parts of the tailgate and my hound will launch himself into the boot, ready to head off for our morning run.

The DAB system will click to Radio 4 and the heated steering wheel will come on within a minute. I don’t need gloves and it will be too warm to wear my woolly hat.

Meanwhile, my similarly priced Porsche 911 Cabriolet will still be frozen to the driveway. I’d like to drive it but the thought of battling with an ice scraper, waiting for the windscreen to defrost then having a cold arse isn’t appealing.

Still wondering why people drive Range Rovers?