That should be the death knell for any car with more power than any mortal should be allowed to handle, but the all wheel drive P90D hoofed through the snow with aplomb on its Pirelli Sottozero tires. It was something of a masterclass in road tripping, what with ultra-steady grip, even as it snowed buckets on I-95 in the dark. Power was temporarily reduced because of the low temperatures, but only under hard acceleration -- something that shouldn't have even been possible in those conditions without losing control.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the only downside to driving a powerful and semi-autonomous Tesla through a snowstorm is that many of the sensors required for Autopilot froze and were temporarily unavailable -- at a moment when you really wish your self-driving car would take care of the hard part of driving.
Unless, of course, you've got the right tires. Even though they take up space in the garage for eight months out of the year and you have to remember to install them, winter tires are a very serious boon in real-world driving. No matter what car you drive, and no matter if it's all, rear, or front wheel drive, once you use them, you'll never go back. It's like finally being clued in to a trade secret.
They'll not only make winter driving easier, they could potentially save your life.
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