The Five Worst Vehicles for Winter Weather

The Five Worst Vehicles for Winter Weather

Winter weather is a lot like that one relative who shows up uninvited to your annual family barbecue—cold, unpredictable, and likely to cause a lot of chaos. While snow-dusted scenery can be charming, driving in winter conditions is often quite the opposite. It's time to check your garage and make sure you don't have a vehicle that would rather treat the icy roads like an Olympic ice-skating rink than get you to your destination safely. Grab your snow brush and a hot cup of cocoa so we can dive into the five worst vehicles to own for winter weather.

1. Any Sports Car: Slipping, Not Zooming

Our first contender is pretty much any sports car. It’s true that they look amazing zipping down the highway in the summer, and the roar of that engine can give anyone a thrill. But as the temperature drops, these speed demons become ice demons. Most sports cars have rear-wheel drive, which means that they're more likely to fishtail in slippery conditions. Plus, their low clearance doesn't make them the best choice for deep snow. If you're planning to rev your Mustang, Corvette, or Porsche during winter, you'd better have a solid backup plan involving tire chains, plenty of patience, and possibly a sled team.

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2. Smart ForTwo: Winter Dwarf

Perfectly suited for city driving or limited parking spaces, the Smart ForTwo is a great compact car—until winter strikes. Its tiny stature and lightweight build make it especially vulnerable to winter's wrath. The small wheels struggle in deep snow and the lightweight can cause instability in high winds. Plus, the rear-wheel drive can contribute to poor traction on icy roads. If you own one of these, consider public transit or carpooling when the snow starts to fall.

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3. Toyota Yaris: Frozen Lightweight

The Toyota Yaris is a fantastic, fuel-efficient option for city dwellers, but when the winter wind howls, the Yaris should probably just stay in the garage. It's lightweight, which is not your friend during snowy or icy conditions, and it lacks the advanced traction control systems found on other models. The small size can also be a disadvantage in deep snow. So while the Yaris is a trusty steed most of the year, it can turn into a stubborn mule in the winter.

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4. Classic Cars: Ice Age Woes

Who doesn't love a good classic car? They've got style, they've got charisma... but unfortunately, they don’t have the technology to cope well with winter conditions. Classic cars often lack modern features such as ABS brakes and electronic stability control, which help maintain control in slippery conditions. Plus, their older engine and transmission designs may not handle cold weather as well as newer models. So, if you're driving a '65 Mustang or a '57 Chevy, you may want to tuck them in the garage when winter rolls around.

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5. Motorcycles: Two-Wheeled Terrors

Last on the list, but definitely not least, are motorcycles. This one might seem obvious, but it requires emphasis. Motorcycles and winter weather go together like a cat and a bathtub full of water. It's not a pretty sight. The lack of stability, the exposure to cold, and the minimal traction make motorcycles a no-go in winter. So, unless you're an experienced winter rider with a well-equipped bike, it's probably best to leave the motorcycle parked until spring arrives.

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Remember, safety is paramount when driving in icy conditions. Regardless of the vehicle you own, ensuring it's well-equipped for the season and driving cautiously can make all the difference. Now, go forth, and navigate the winter wonderland with confidence... and the right vehicle!


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