Watch How Tesla Model 3 RWD With Snow Tires Tackles Snow

MAR 6 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 16

Some readers wanted to know how the rear-wheel-drive Tesla Model 3 would fare in snowy conditions with snow tires … Now You Know!

We already shared some videos of the Tesla Model 3 driving in snowy conditions. In fact, Now You Know previously tested the same car in similar conditions with Continental ProContact all-season tires.

READ ALSO: Musk Says RWD Tesla Model 3 Surprisingly Good In Snow With Right Tires

Due to the Model 3s heavier weight and spread out weight distribution due to the “skateboard” battery pack, it fares pretty well. It’s in no way typical of what one may have experienced from a traditional rear-wheel-drive vehicle in the snow. Gas cars have most of the weight up front because of the engine, so providing the power from the rear isn’t advantageous for traction on slippery roads. This is one of the primary reasons most cars nowadays are front-wheel drive.

Red Tesla Model 3 snow tires

19-inch Bridgestone Blizzak snow tires

Adding snow tires to the already weather-worthy Tesla small sedan makes for an even better snow-driving experience. As you can see from the video, he’s driving on slippery, untreated roads, and even proceeds up a steep driveway with little effort or loss of traction. If you plan to drive the Model 3 in worse conditions (and it’s allowed in your area), Tesla also offers pewag snow chains for the car.

The snow tires shown in the video are 19-inch Bridgestone Blizzaks (show to the right).

Video Description via Now You Know on YouTube:

How well does the rear wheel drive Tesla Model 3 handle in the snow with snow tires? Find out next on Now you Know!

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16 Comments on "Watch How Tesla Model 3 RWD With Snow Tires Tackles Snow"

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Kdawg

I’d like to see an update after the East gets hit with 8″ of snow. Deep(er) snow is my concern on RWD.

CCIE

+1. That’s not a real snow storm.

However, with snow tires and a good driver, almost any car will be fine in snow. Bottoming out the car in deep snow would the the real issue.

My Volt actually does great in 6 inches of snow on the road with LRR tires. The weight and relatively narrow tires help. But, the driver has to know that stopping/turning must be carefully planned. And, momentum must be conserved (avoid full stops even at stop signs and traffic lights).

Most sedans have far less than 8″ of ground clearance, so I’m not sure this question is relevant. No number of driven wheels is going to save you from grounding the car out.

Thankfully plows exist! 😉

I’ve driven RWD through northern winters for a decade now. Snow tires are an excellent solution.

Texas FFE

Tesla fan boy commercial. BTW, Bobby is an idiot!

Threader

That may be so and no point in arguing but the so called idiot is making money producing videos on Youtube and your just a generic niche website noname comment poster.

Texas FFE

Well, I’ve never heard of him before, so he is no name to me.

Texas FFE

Just to clarify, the whole idea that RWD cars are safer on slippery roads than FWD cars is repulsive and is an insult to everyone’s intelligence. It doesn’t matter what kind of car it is or what kind of tires it has, RWD cars are dangerous on slippery roads. RWD EVs have better weight distribution making them safer but they can still kick out the rear end under power.

Pushmi-Pullyu

“…they can still kick out the rear end under power.”

Only if you turn the traction control off.

Hey, if you like that, then perhaps you also turn off the air bags and drive with seat belts unbuckled. 🙄

I remember when your comments were often worth reading, FFE, at least when you didn’t get off onto one of your wingnut political rants. Too bad you’ve turned into just one more in the Tesla Hater cultist cadre. 🙁

Mikael

A FWD car is more forgiving to your errors when driving. But a good and safe driver would benefit from RWD.
Unfortunately the good AND safe drivers are fairly rare which in general makes the FWD cars safer in winter when taking the drivers into account.

Unlike AWD which is statistically a lot less safer than FWD, which comes as a surprise to many.

Anyway, the most important part is to have proper winter tires. That all season tires is allowed anywhere is a joke and not a funny one.

CCIE

AWD/4WD being less safe doesn’t surprise me.

Too many idiots think that AWD will help them stop and turn in slippery conditions. So, they drive too fast, follow too close, and turn too hard for the conditions.

AWD helps ensure the car can move. That’s it. Every car has 4 wheel brakes and two wheel steering, so AWD has zero positive impact on stopping and turning.

ModernMarvelFan

that is true somewhat because in general “understeering” are easier to handle than “oversteering” for average drivers..

RWD tends to oversteer in low traction conditions.

Modern stability control pretty much solves the oversteer issue for all but the most extreme scenarios.

eject

This is ridiculous. Are there any cars on sale that can’t do this?

SJC

Good use of on line articles, answer questions about EVs, what a novel idea! /s

ModernMarvelFan

I am glad that there chains available for Model 3. In California, going to Tahoe during the winter often requires chains.

Gus83

This video has shown the car does an acceptable job when cautiously travelling 30 mph if it is snowing. It’s not a challenge if you can see asphalt! In Canada I can wake up to 8 to 12 inches unplowed and my front wheel drive 2007 Kia Rio with all seasons gets me 30 miles to work at 50 MPH just fine; I pass RWD and AWD vehicles with snow tires in the ditch.