Model 3 lost control on snow

Model 3 lost control on snow

I saw many videos describing model 3 (even the RWD one) has great snow performance. I just bought an AWD long-range model 3. I drove back from the Chicago Tesla store back to my home at East Lansing, Michigan. When I entered the highway near the supercharger at St. Joseph, MI, there was about 0.5 inch of snow. The car lost control twice (fishtailing, I guess) at this highway entrance and later one more time on I94 which was only lightly covered with snow. Is there anything I should do to fix this problem? Is there any problem with this car on snow? I drove my old 2006 corolla for ten years and only lost control on snow twice. Thanks!

wiboater4 | December 30, 2018

Put it in Chill mode and low Regenerative braking and ease up on the acceleration. To me less snow is more dangerous than deep snow Since you said you just picked up the car your probably not used to it yet.

Magic 8 Ball | December 30, 2018

Drive slower. The instant torque of an EV will enable it to break loose easier.

Most report excellent snow performance in all models.

wayne | December 30, 2018

Get winter tires ASAPon all 4 wheels. I agree with chill mode and low regenerative breaking as well.

VolleyballNE1 | December 30, 2018

slip start is recommended on snow

hsinyenwu | December 30, 2018

Thanks a lot guys. I did drive very slowly into the highway entry (around 25 mph) and around 45 mph on highway after another sedan. Is it possible that the new tires also contributed to the problem?

Spartan24 | December 30, 2018

Congrats on the new M3! Just got my performance dual motor too! I’m in Kalamazoo Michigan.
I think our 20” tires definitely contribute to what you described. With the torque and regenerative braking, we need winter tire set ups. My commute is in town and only a few miles each way, so I might wait a bit on a new set. If you drive a lot, I’d think about getting something.

Magic 8 Ball | December 30, 2018

It is possible new tires are the culprit. Which tires do you have?

Pierogi | December 30, 2018

With this new car I would take it in a snow covered parking lot to learn how to control it in the snow and test it’s limits. I was driving on I-70 near Glenwood Springs last week in my Model 3 with ~ 2 inches of snow and CDOT plows didn’t touch the roads. We counted 6 cars including a UPS truck and a Nissan Xterra that slid off the road. We felt our car slip a few times which surprised me but we kept the speed very very slow. We have the stock Michelins but will be installing Blizzaks ASAP. Snow tires make all the difference. My last car was an AWD Audi and without snow tires I could get it to slide out but with snow tires I couldn’t get it to slide out if I tried.

Mike83 | December 30, 2018

Use Chill mode. I like the Sport mode but I have experience driving on ice/snow. Like someone said it's the instant torque that can spin out which I like to do myself sometimes. The car is heavy and is great in snow. There are many videos but this is a year old one.

coleAK | December 30, 2018

@vollyball DO NOT use “slip start” in the snow unless you are stuck. I’m in Alaska. Like everyone else said, chill lose, regen low. And why really matters in the snow it your tires. You said you have an AWD LR. What size wheels? If you have the 20” they are summer only tires and the Tesla store should have encouraged you not to leave the dealer with those tires in your area. I’m in Alaska where we don’t salt the roads doing just fine and been driving on snow/ice since late October. I’m running Nokian snow tires (Hakka 9).

Bighorn | December 30, 2018

Michigan is notorious for ice and pileups. Skipped it this winter after experiencing it. Half an inch of just snow shouldn’t faze all seasons.

hsinyenwu | December 30, 2018

I have the 19'' sport wheels. What type of tires do they use? Are they all season or summer tires? Thanks!

Magic 8 Ball | December 30, 2018

You should have all season supplied on the 19".

Mozart | December 30, 2018

You need winter tires instead of performance tires

Kahn | December 30, 2018

micehlin xice 3 work great get some cheap separate 18" rims

howard | December 30, 2018

The AWD Tesla is even better than my many past Audi Quattros. Dedicated snow tires are a must for me personally. Took the 20” performance off and put 18” with Michelin X-Ice Xi3. It is a go anywhere machine at least in my neck of the woods. Front clearance in heavy snow is my only concern. Especially first thing in the morning when it is iced over. I drive in normal mode standard Regen.

DanFoster1 | December 30, 2018

Get. Winter. Tires.

Just_Ted | December 30, 2018

AWD is like a philosophy degree: it doesn’t get you out of trouble, it just allows you to get stuck further off the beaten path!

PECo CT | December 30, 2018

The Continental Pro Contact RX tires on the 19-inch wheels are terrible in the snow. You should get snow tires.

ST70 | December 30, 2018

@hsinyenwu- What tires do you have? Do your eyes work? If not, do you have anyone nearby that can tell us what tires you have?

ialsoagree | December 30, 2018

Just_Ted hinted at it but it's worth saying, AWD just helps you get going, if you lose traction while moving, AWD won't do anything to help you slow down or steer.

I owned an AWD charger for 4 years, it was fantastic in snow and rain. Never had to shovel it out, even when plowed in with a foot of snow. But it could still slide on snow, and I still had times I couldn't steer well or stop.

If your tires aren't getting traction to turn or stop, having power going to all the wheels won't do anything to help - you've lost traction, AWD won't magically get it back.

I've seen a lot of people in my area with AWD get over confident in their car. AWD will do a great job to get you going in the worst of conditions, but it won't help you stay in control once you're moving.

peter.watson51 | December 30, 2018

Man and machine tune!
I find the AWD very good on the Model 3.
Sounds to me like local road conditions with all season tires.
Enjoy your new car and take some time to get to know it.

RedShift | December 30, 2018

My lowly Model 3 RWD with all seasons handled 1-3 inches of snow last week in Lake Tahoe without issues. Trick? Slow down. Be gentle on the go pedal.

Best advise is to get winter tires. No need to belabor the point further.

Passion2Fly | December 30, 2018

My RWD with winter tires will beat your AWD with summer tires on snow anytime anyplace... and I’m willing to bet my car on it...

calvin940 | December 30, 2018

@Kahn Exactly what I did. Work great so far, but there hasn't been a whole lot of snow. We are supposed to get some Tuesday though :D