Join Date: May 2017
Location: Colorado Front Range Foothills
First Real Snow
Sorry, it has been a while. So, we had our first real snow fall today. By time I started my drive we had about 4 in. and the temp. was a around 32F. Before I get too far along in describing by commute, full disclosure, I am run on new snow tires. More on those further down.
The Niro did great! I love the car's handling, which I think is one of the more important factors in winter drive. I kept the trans in Eco mode and I don't think I saw the traction light come on at all. Speeds down the foothills was only about 20-25 mph because I was behind a slow Subaru, but I know from Facebook that at least one owner of an AWD vehicle drove back home and waited for the roads to be cleared more. For me, the path was plowed so all was good.
This brings to my mantra, Snow Tires, Snow Tires, Snow Tires ... Worried about how any vehicle will do in the snow? Get a second set of wheels and put good snow tires on them. In all of the important criteria, your driving performance will greatly improve in the snow. A car's handle is significantly affected by the tire and driving in snow is no different. In the real world driving, I believe my FWD car performs better on snowy roads than a AWD or 4WD vehicle with the all season or off-road tires those drives tend to use. Now, if I just had a few more inches of ground clearance I would be unstoppable.
Second point, I went with Tire Racks latest recommendation for the Niro which is actually to put smaller wheels (15 in.) and taller tires (65 ratio) on the car. I was skeptical but this tire and wheel combo was cheaper. After driving on then, I really like the added tire height. I feels like it is absorbing the bumps and snow ruts a lot better than how I imagine the OEM tires sizes would have.
Note dog pictures added for snow depth reference. Tire tracks on that long driveway made with the Niro, trying to pack down the snow for tomorrows drive back up the driveway.
OK, Have fun out there ...
I know you're out there. I can feel you now. I know that you're afraid. You're afraid of us. You're afraid of change. I don't know the future. I didn't come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it's going to begin. I'm going to show these people a world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries. A world where anything is possible. Where we go from there is a choice I leave to you.
Last edited by Neo; 10-09-2017 at 08:49 PM.
Reason: Add better pic of the driveway