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Posted by Jim Dunigan on August 2, 2009, 3:26 pm
I have heard that the Prius slips and slides in winter snow.  Could any
owner of a Prius comment on that.

Posted by Was Istoben on August 2, 2009, 5:22 pm

My 2005 is like any other car on snow except the traction control keeps the
wheels from spinning during those situations where a car without traction
control would sit and spin.  When this happens you find yourself at a
standstill with the pedal on the floor and engine at and idle.

The OEM tires were decent on snow and ice until about 25% worn, after which
performance deteriorated to useless at 50% worn.  I bought a set of
blizzacks mounted on some nice alloy wheels and they have performed so well
I sold the 4WD Explorer I'd kept to get up my driveway in winter.  In fact,
the traction control has never engaged with the Blizzacks in place.

Ground clearance is a factor and I have floated over a few pillow drifts.
I've tested the VSC on icy curves and it works as advertised.

Posted by Davoud on August 2, 2009, 5:23 pm
 Jim Dunigan wrote:

I have a Prius and I could comment on that. _All_ vehicles that run on
wheels or metal treads (military tanks, construction vehicles, etc.)
that I know about are subject to skidding in winter snow. I don't know
about trains because I have not driven a vehicle that runs on rails in
any conditions (but I have seen trains skid on steel rails, so I
presume they could skid on ice). The Prius is no worse than any other
vehicle. My remarks apply only to winter snow. I have no experience
with summer snow.


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Posted by bag of doom on August 4, 2009, 1:39 pm
 I feel very secure on interstates with a few inches of snow, even
crossing icy lumps between lanes.  I think the traction controls
really reduces the chance of a spin out.  I run 4 snows now , but was
also OK when the OEMs were new.

Posted by Davoud on August 5, 2009, 4:22 pm
 bag of doom:

If you feel secure driving on an Interstate highway with "a few inches
of snow" you should re-think the whole thing. Firstly, unless you are
the very first car to travel the highway since the snow fell, that's
not snow. It is packed ice. Driving on show or ice in any vehicle is
intrinsically dangerous. It cannot be made safe, only less dangerous,
and that is by driving slowly and avoiding the fast lane where one is
most likely to be hit head-on by an oncoming tractor-trailer or SUV or
even another Prius whose driver felt secure and took unnecessary risks.

Earlier, Jim Dunigan wrote:

Davoud replied:

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