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Posted by Jean B. on August 16, 2005, 8:55 pm
onerpm@yahoo.com wrote:

Dunno whom this is in response to, but I am considering
whether I need to get Blizzaks....  For now, I'll keep my
other car until I figure out whether or not the Prius suits
all my needs.  I figure I'll at least be boosting my average
MPG a lot--and also cutting down on my emissions....  That has
to be good.

Jean B.

Posted by Ingenuous on August 17, 2005, 1:06 am

Did you use that handy towing eye-bolt?  Just wondering how easy it is to R
& R the bumper plug.

Posted by onerpm on August 17, 2005, 3:28 pm
 ? Have never removed bumper plug.
I just had to dig out the snow around the tires with my hands both
times.  Newly fallen 6-8"  Then could get enough movement from car to
rock it out. Ability to turn off the trac. control would have allowed
me to rock it out without having to dig.
Blizzaks always worth it...have them on other cars and love 'em.
Figure they don't really cost anything (other than the cost of the
steel wheels), because while they're on, I'm not wearing down my OEM
tires.  (Also, once OEMs are worn out, can go to a dedicated
summer-only tire.)

Posted by Ingenuous on August 17, 2005, 4:35 pm

Considering it's ground clearance and weight, with 8" of heavy snow Blizzaks
(or whatever) probably wouldn't be touching the ground anyway, and if so,
probably without enough weight to gain traction.  Hell, I've been stuck like
that in my 4WD Explorer.  Best to just stay off the road.

Posted by Ingenuous on August 10, 2005, 5:50 pm

I didn't have this problem last February here in Minnesota.  In fact, my
Prius was more stable with 5" of new snow over compacted snow than was my
4WD Explorer.  I credit the VSC, low profile and weight distribution for
this.  As with ABS, one has to learn to use their VSC.  Tell him to take it
out on a frozen lake next January and learn how to drive with it.

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