I have a Scion xA that dislikes uphills when it’s raining. If I’m stuck on an incline due to a traffic light, etc., I’m having trouble moving up the incline from a stopped position. I feel like the tires are spinning and the car is slipping back slightly, with fear that I’ll lose control and slide into the car behind me.
I’ve taken the car to two tire shops. The first said that my tire tread is fine, but that I should buy new tires (MIchelin Defenders). The other shop agreed that my tire tread is fine, suggesting that I consider siping the tires or ultimately buying wider tires (they told me the drawbacks) or softer tires. That shop also asked if I’m heavy on the petal, suggesting that I should have a light touch when going uphill from a stopped position, but I believe I’m already doing this.
[Edit to add: I should mention that my tires, while in great condition appearance-wise due to low mileage driving, are about 10 years old.]
Thanks for any and all advice!