SNOW much?

V Tiff posted in USA News

44w ago


- A really bad dash photo of snow covered ride to work

Sorry for the crap photo, but, when you're driving on crappy snow covered roads and it's sleeting, you're not really making an effort to take "good" photos. I know I'm verging on gushing about my Nissan Rogue, but, I have to say it. The Rogue IS far... the BEST vehicle I've ever driven in such crappy weather. My first car, a 1976 Chevy Camaro was abysmal on snow covered roads and I had my first car accident during a snow storm in Columbus Oh. I've been a really careful driver since and...dare I say it out loud and in writing... I haven't had another snow related accident since. One of the best cars I ever drove in snow, believe it or not, was a Dodge Neon. I drove that blue Neon back and forth to work over an hour drive, through back roads and highways for 7 years. During one snow storm, as I came around corner, the snow was so deep, it went up and over my hood and washed my entire front window in white. While I couldn't see for a few terrifying moments, that car continued to move through it. For a tiny, front wheel drive, small engine car with barely any horse power, it was pretty dang good in snow. You were still scared out of your wits and white knuckling it anytime you had drive it in the snow, but, it did quite well. My last car, the Chevy HHR, again, front wheel drive, small engine, low horse power car was terrible in snow. I live in upstate NY - you know, the place that gets "lake effect" snow every other day dumping feet of snow over our area. As such, I must put good snow tires on any vehicle I own if I expect to get to work on time. The last set of tires I used on the HHR were Michelin's X-Ice tires, some of the best rated snow tires on the market. With those on my HHR, it was still a white knuckle event to get to work. A less white knuckle event than the two previous sets of snow tires I used on the HHR, but, still a white knuckle event none the less. I liked the tires though, so, when I needed to put snow tires on my Rogue a few weeks ago, I chose the Michelin's X-Ice tires with some new smaller width rims. Day before yesterday was the first opportunity to try them out. What an amazing, great ride into work. No sliding, no getting snagged into slush and pulled in one direction or other, no affect on stopping distance. Did I slow down... well, of course, I'm not an idiot! But, I was doing 55 MPH in what would normally be a 65 MPH highway...which I typically drive 73 MPH. It was like I was driving on dry pavement. I passed Semi trucks and snow plows like they were standing still. Now, is it Land Rover or a 4 ton truck... NOPE! But, my Rogue didn't cost what those cost. Can I give the tires the total credit? Nope, I don't think so, because of my previous experience with these tires on the HHR. But, the ROGUE ...what a vehicle!! It just keeps on impressing me. I LOVE this vehicle! And, when you spend good, hard earned money on one of the most used pieces of equipment you own, you should LOVE it, right? Tell me your favorite vehicle in the snow.

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