We had snow that started at 7:50 sharp when I was walking to work, stopped about an hour ago. Was laying pretty well too.
This morning's 40 mile drive to work took 3 hours. Essex CC have admitted that they didn't mobilise the gritters until 6:45, by which time the roads were pretty much grid-locked. There were, apparently, 80+ accidents before 11a.m., with 13 injured, one seriously.
Now, I am used to driving in all weathers and I've been doing it for nearly (not quite!) 40 years but I need some advice from the petrol heads about driving in snow and ice (and probably floods). I have a new Toyota Yaris HYBRID, which has a full automatic transmission. I have previously owned two hybrid Prius (priuses/prieii?) which were automatic, and one manual Yaris, but this Yaris seems to be very unhappy on snow and ice and I wasn't at all happy that I had it under control (though saying which, I did get to school in one piece without hitting anything!).
Any hints please?
Also wondered if the weight distribution in that type of car is different to what you are used to. Could be completely off here but is there less weight over the driving wheels, more evenly distributed? FWD, lego tyres, no weight over the driving/steering wheels...
You could lower the psi in your tyres. Run at the minimum limit of the spec as defined in the handbook. Just remember you can't drive it at high speed... Prius, high speed, lol ;)
Thanks all, I was wondering whether winter tyres would make any difference, but you all seem to agree that they do, so I will investigate that. I was pleasantly surprised they don't look to be hugely expensive, though I guess they will be detrimental to the fuel economy! However, I'd rather feel safer driving it than squeezing a few extra mpg! It does have eco-tyres and I suppose their very nature is to create less traction to aid fuel consumption.
The hybrid battery is not held in the engine compartment, it resides under the rear seat and is a pretty large component, so it could be something to do with there being more weight towards the rear of the car I suppose. Perhaps I should try a bag of cement in the passenger footwell :D The Prius, however, went through snow and ice rather like that train above, but it was an altogether heavier car than the Yaris.
Neither the Prius, nor the Yaris Hybrids are the fastest cars on the block, but I do get the satisfaction of knowing that less of my money goes into the Governments pockets as fuel tax! I do 20,000 miles a year, so I generate more than enough in fuel tax thanks! And driving fast on the A12 in rush hour has never been an available option anyway!
Thanks again. :car:
Looking like we might have a light covering again tomorrow morning. Perhaps heavier further north.
This morning I have this weird low sun turning everything orange whilst grey snow clouds sit on the horizon in a rather threatening manner. Looks a bit doomsday-ish.
As for narrower tyres - I know it's a smaller scale but can't compare with cars. We have two child buggies/pushchairs. One has wheels that wouldn't look out of place on a toy (width). The other is more, well, serious. The former barely moves if there's more than a stiff frost on the ground.