Bad Weather Driving

weather
winter

#1

I only drive in snow occasionally. I know FWD cars are fairly good in snow. I owned one and I found it terrible in rain. Fish-tailed. My RWD car is great in rain or on dry pavement.



Is there a RWD car that is very good or at least acceptably good in snow? I drive in snow so infrequently that it doesn’t seem worth getting an AWD.


#2

Tires

Is the answer to all of the above.
Bad in rain ?..tires.
FWD, RWD good in snow ?..tires.


#3

I Have RWD Cars And FWD Cars. They All Work Well In Rain, Snow, And On Dry Roads. None Of Them Fish-Tail. I Think You Need To Give More Information To Get To The Source Of Your Problem.

What FWD car did you own that fish-tailed in rain ?

CSA


#4

We’ve owned several fwd vehicles…with a total of over 700k miles on them…and NEVER experienced fish-tailing in the rain.

Maybe the older Chevy Citations which didn’t have independent rear suspension had a problem…but most cars these days have independent rear suspension…

Tires will also make a huge difference in it’s stability.


#5

Driver.


#6

I had a Ford Taurus wagon that fish-tailed a bit in the rain. Never felt is was stable. I have a Lexus now with Michelin all-season tires that are rated well for snow. The car is great in the rain & on dry pavement, but I’d have to give it a C or C minus in snow. Just does not feel as stable as the Taurus wagon which was very good in the snow.


#7

RWD cars are OK in winter and snow but you need winter tires. RWD with traction control and winter tires should handle snow fine.


#8

but I’d have to give it a C or C minus in snow.

Wife has a ES-350…and we had record snow-fall this past winter…Her car handled GREAT in the snow…never had a problem…just all-season Cooper tires.


#9

I would add to these "technique"
and maybe “maintenance”, especially alignment.


#10

Old thread alert!!


#11

Nice catch, Volvo!