Edited by donquixo, 30 December 2013 - 11:56 AM.
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Guest Message by DevFuse
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Posted 30 December 2013 - 11:30 AM
First off I'm driving a 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid Limited AWD.
I've been searching for a while for tires that would give me confidence in the worst of winter conditions. I found a set that's all-season, off-road and rated for "Severe Snow Conditions” with a mountain snowflake symbol. But, although going through any snow didn't seem like much of a problem, stopping and slow downhill driving in heavy stop-and-go traffic shattered my confidence with those tires. I found myself sliding towards the curb when I had to stop while going downhill at 5mph in very heavy traffic. Simply staying in Low gear wasn't an option even when giving myself enough room in front. Possibly part of the reason is that when breaks are wet on a hybrid they are very touchy when you decelerate to 5mph-0mph, causing the brakes to lock-up. And at that speed traction control or ABS doesn't seem to pick up any loss of traction on compacted & very slippery snow.
So, I am including a couple of youtube links with similar snow conditions to what my escape went through. If you found yourself in a similar situation and were the one guy that just drove through please share the tire specs you used. Getting stuck was never a problem, stopping and exceptional control in these conditions is something that would benefit all that read this forum. Cheers to all that have found the right tires for the job!
Here are the youtube links:
(minute 2:47, similar to what my escape did)
Posted 06 January 2014 - 05:59 PM
I use these ones 235-70-16 and have not had any issues