When you swapping tires for
When you swapping tires for winter tires, do you have to have pressure sensors in them? I am considering buying a set of winter tires for my 2009 Prius (after sliding terribly on all seasons), but I don't want to pay extra $300 for the sensors. Are they absolutely necessary or will just the "check pressure" light stay on all winter?
I just helped my girlfriend
I just helped my girlfriend retrieve her Prius from a sloped, snow-covered parking lot. The car simply would not move because the traction control would cut the power and/or apply the brakes every time a wheel would slip. If I could have shut the traction control off there is no doubt in my mind I could have powered the car out, but as it was we had to put chains on just to get it out of the parking lot (the roads were plowed but the lot was not). I find it just incredible that there is no override feature! I hate to even let her drive it until the snow melts.
I drive a 2006 Prius and I
I drive a 2006 Prius and I live in Brooklyn, NY, and we just had a blizzard about a week ago. I drove to a wedding on the night of the blizzard, I got there at 7pm, there were already snow on streets, just not alot, roads were still clear, i made it there rather easily. 11pm the wedding ceremony ended, and the streets were covered in snow, alot of snow about 10 inches on the road. My Prius was stranded, couldnt move it at all, we manually pushed it out to the main road, but it just couldnt go anywhere. we ended up pushing it back to the parking spot. it was brutal, we couldnt move at all. Front wheel drive was completely dead, i couldnt get grip on the anything, no traction at all. i pedalled the accelerator to the buttom....the tires wouldnt even spin at times, it was bad! what should i do if theres a heavy snow storm next time, how should i prepare for such actions? should i get winter tires?
i read over some of the comments people left here, im just confused how they are able to drive through snow that easily. My prius is definitely not build for snowstorms.
My question is: how do you
My question is: how do you avoid being hit by other inexperienced drivers who slide right into you?
so what, that my Prius can handle the snow, if other cars cannot?!?
As you can imagine, snow in Georgia just paralyzes the state. Lack of experience and bald tires. I'd dare to go out if I had a tank, then we can play bumper cars all day long :)
I have a 2007 Prius and we
I have a 2007 Prius and we are experiencing the worst winter in MN in a long time. Feet and feet of snow. It's piled up so high at street corners you can't see trucks coming, let alone cars! So... my Prius stinks in this weather. Funny thing is last winter, yeah it wasn't so bad, but last winter I don't remember having so many problems. I think it has to do with the OEM tires and the short tread life. I think they are slicker this year and now performing horrid. And I mean HORRID. I don't even like to have my kids in the car right now when there is anything on the roads. So... I'm in the market this week for new all weather tires and looking at the Michelin Hydro Edge and the Hankook Optimo H727, both highly regarded by Prius drivers on other forums with the same problems. My issue is finding the right size, in either of these! Anyone have any experience with either of these tires?