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Posted by Jean B. on January 23, 2006, 2:55 pm
Well, the AWD Passat, which has just been revived was dead
this morning, so I drove the Prius.  I must say it did just as
well as the Passat would have, and perhaps better.  I am most
pleased, because this was one of my bigger worries about the
Jean B.

Posted by Bill on January 23, 2006, 3:40 pm

I forgot to mention having figured out why I slid into that snow bank.  The
grader had his blade set wrong, sloping the road down toward the outside of
the curve.  Subsequently, a couple of other cars slid into the same spot.
Good thing this happened on 5 mph curve and not a 55 mph curve.

Posted by Jean B. on January 23, 2006, 4:40 pm
 Bill wrote:

That IS a good thing--although it's too bad it happened at
all.  How has the Prius been in the snow since then, assuming
it has snowed more there?

Jean B.

Posted by Bill on January 25, 2006, 2:41 am

It works as well as any other car I've driven with one exception.  I
returned from an overnight trip today to find 6" of snow on the road leading
to my home and in my driveway.  Lucky it was downhill the whole way as I
didn't have enough ground clearance in a few spots.  Had to drive my
Explorer to a meeting tonight but by the time I returned the road had been

The highway was terrible but it was my only alternative because the
Interstate route was closed.  That last fact should give you an idea of how
bad the road conditions were.  Traffic was moving at 35 - 40 mph where the
speed limit is 65.  The light Prius shifts from side-to-side when the
furrows change and that tends to make my palms sweat.


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