Had a little problem with the snow today

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  1. JStrenk

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    IMG_2591.JPG Seems that driving through snow (maybe 10"), the stuff will flow up the hood over the windshield and on top of the roof. Any idea how to stop this?

    In this picture I pulled out of the garage and tried to make it to the top of the drive. Missed the end of the drive the first time but made it out eventually. TOOK TWO WHOLE TRIES.

    Unfortunately, the streets were not any better and had to stop every 300' or so and clean off the hood. Eventually turned around and took my jeep. But a jeep on 37" BFG did not drive as well as my Prius on Blizzacks on the icy streets.

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    HA-HA-HA!! That's AWESOME! All these people complaining that the Prius can't handle snow and you're out there plowing through snow so deep it gets pushed up over your hood and onto your windshield and then the roof. That's would be a great video. Especially if you can do it uphill. I see Ravenna for your location. Ohio? If I was still living there, I think I'd have Blizzaks on mine in the winter after seeing this.

    Maybe Toyota should offer a Prius with a front PTO and mounts for snow blowers. :D
     
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    Repeat after me.....my vehicle is a Prius, not a plow. I live near Syracuse, NY and we certainly get our snow. I have found that I do better running Michelin X-Ice tires than a number of 4 wheel drives (and that includes my prior Acura MDX). By the way, I retrofitted my 2011 Four with the fog lights from Prius Chat and appreciate that they give me more light toward the sides of the road. I agree with Jerry that a GoPro certainly seems in order. Good job!

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    i don't know if anyone makes it, but a spoiler for the front end might divert the snow a little higher.
     
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    It's funny. You have snow like this that you have to deal with it every season. You drive a Prius. I have 2 sisters that live in San Francisco where it never snows and both insists on AWD and SUV.

    They actually laughed when they found out my recently purchased SUV is 2WD. Actually they're mostly CUV's now and as you've pointed out with the MDX, they are not much better in snow than 2WD with snow tires.
     
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    48 years of driving through this stuff. You learn what works and what works and what doesn't. :) I got Blizzacks for all my family vehicles now except the new jeep.

    Only disappointment I have in the winter is that the rear lights get covered up in snow and you cant see the lights from the rear.
    The driving lights I bought here are hot enough to melt the snow away so those are OK. I've driven through some bad blizzards here were they were the only lights that did not blind me from light reflecting off the snow.
    Regular lights are not bad. Eventually they get clear of snow.

    I wish I bought the heated seats though.

    If it keeps snowing I'll get my GoPro out and record something.
     
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    10" of snow and 5-1/2" ground clearance on the Prius. Where would you expect the snow to go?
     
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    Did you absolutely, positively have to get somewhere today? The smart money after a major snowstorm, is to sit out the first day, let the the snow plows and 4x4's tamp it down, whatever. Even with snow tires, you're not obligated to jump in.
     
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    It gives me a mental image of Bugs Bunny. Skim ahead to about 4:30. LOL
     
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    Just need new tires....

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    Yes -- don't drive in it.

    My youthful farm experience, driving down the lane through the fields to the county road, is that such conditions were fun! Much like first ski tracks in shin- or knee-deep light powder, blowing up a big cloud of powdery fluff. And we could still get out.

    Following heavy snowfall that exceeded vehicle ground clearance, dry powder snow blowing over the hood was the best we could hope for. The alternative was wet heavy stuff (a.k.a mashed potatoes, Cascade Concrete, or Sierra Cement) that bogged down or high-centered the car. Getting stuck was no fun.

    If you can't see well enough to drive safely, then just park it and enjoy the snow day. A warm spell will greatly compact the depth, but initially may not make it more passable.
     
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    I did park it.
    No sense in running into something.
    Went down the street and did a little footbrake turn and put it back in the garage and stole my sons jeep.
    Still good to know the winter weather is not a 'snow stopper' :)
     
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