M-Class / 4-Matic: How to correct oversteer on ice / snow?

Apart from counter steering (or relying on ESP), should you ease off the throttle or step on the throttle gradually and let the front wheels pull you out of trouble?

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On 2004-12-19 22:25:10 -0800, snipped-for-privacy@spamgourmet.com said:

Gun it and aim for the median.
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The M certainly has a very effective automatic system which, more or less, does it for you.
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You should rely on ESP and not worry about it. However, keep in mind that it cannot overcome the laws of physics, which means that on wet pavement, at speeds over about 50mph, ESP will take some time to correct which means you will slide several feet off course and even fishtail somewhat before you are back on track. On ice and snow, the threshold is even slower, like 30mph or even 20mph. The best thing you can do to help ESP react more quickly in an oversteer situation is ease off the accelerator. While it will do this for you, this also lets it "know" that you "know" that you are sliding and it will react more quickly.
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