Odyssey 2005- driving in the snow

This is my 1st winter with the Odyssey. Being in Buffalo, we see our fair share of snow and ice. A recent snow almost rendered me helpless. We barely
accumulated 2-3 inches of snow. As we were attempting to navigate up a hill that was roughly a 20 degree angle if that, I couldnt get ANY traction. I had to back all the way to the bottem and only by barely touching the gas did I finally make my way up. We bought this vehical considering it to be one of the top rated in terms of saftey. I am seriously considering getting rid of it if it cant handle the slightest amount of snow. How safe is that. Thank goodness we were in an area where traffic behind me was slight. I wouldnt be that concerned except with small children and experiencing this more than once has be truely worried.... Looking for advise. By the way we leased too.
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The car you are driving has very little to do with the traction you get. The driver is the biggest factor. Do you have snow tires on the van? In Buffalo I would consider that snow tires would be mandatory. I recently walked up a 30 degree hill covered with ice past half a dozen cars with my Ody. It is all in learning how to drive.

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morciod wrote:

Get winter tires. Problem solved!
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morciod wrote:

share of snow and ice. A recent snow almost rendered me helpless. We barely accumulated 2-3 inches of snow. As we were attempting to navigate up a hill that was roughly a 20 degree angle if that, I couldnt get ANY traction. I had to back all the way to the bottem and only by barely touching the gas did I finally make my way up.

saftey. I am seriously considering getting rid of it if it cant handle the slightest amount of snow. How safe is that. Thank goodness we were in an area where traffic behind me was slight.

Anyone living in heavy snow country owes it to themselves and to the rest of those sharing the road to but a set of four proper winter snow tires and use them in the winter. Mount them on steel wheels and swap out for the season.
All season tires are not up to the job.
John
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On Mon, 27 Feb 2006 17:27:59 +0100, morciod

of snow and ice. A recent snow almost rendered me helpless. We barely accumulated 2-3 inches of snow. As we were attempting to navigate up a hill that was roughly a 20 degree angle if that, I couldnt get ANY traction. I had to back all the way to the bottem and only by barely touching the gas did I finally make my way up.

saftey. I am seriously considering getting rid of it if it cant handle the slightest amount of snow. How safe is that. Thank goodness we were in an area where traffic behind me was slight.

Just to make it unanimous, you need good snow tires. My '98 Ody is a lot different from yours but I was caught in an early snow storm on summer tires just after Thanksgiving. We don't have much in the way of hills in Chicago but all the same, driving the car was a white knuckle affair. A switch to snow tires took the snow/ice handling from terrible to great.
Even though it's leased, a set of good winter tires in Buffalo is a no-brainer.
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Getting snow tires may be a problem if you have the run flat tires that come on the high end Odysseys. Does Michelin even make any snow tires with their new doughnut technology? And how much do they charge to switch them out twice each season.
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