Having lived in Illinois and Iowa all my life, I consider myself an experienced winter driver. I have owned and driven 4x4 trucks tens of thousands of miles through snow on slippery roads. I no longer own a 4x4 and yesterday, I woke up to about 6 inches of wet heavy snow here in central Illinois. I drove my I-Miev on un-plowed streets for the first time yesterday. There were no drifts and the snow depth was just barely below the I-Miev’s ground clearance. To be honest, I was amazed how well those skinny tires cut a path. This car did incredibly well in that mess. It miss my truck less today and love my I-Miev more. These are great cars to own.
The skinny tires on the i-MiEV help it go so well in snow. A smaller contact patch increases pressure, which allows the tires to sink in and bite the road. Fat tires ride on top of the snow and essentially hydroplane.
You want the exact opposite when driving on sand.
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