Here in CT we can have studs a few month of winter. I don't recall
seeing a car with chains in the last 40+ years. The roads are well
plowed so unless you have a private road or long driveway, chains are of
Last November I put on a set of Nokian WRG3 tires. Snow rated, but also
a highway tire rated a 149 mph. Best tire I've ever had.
I've used chains in the past. I've used snow-grippers as well.
Neither are any good for driving any distance at any speed, and the
grippers are a lot easier to put on and take off.
There is nothing like stopping at the side of the road to install
repair links in a blizzard at -30 or worse. And they can do a heck of
a lot of damage to a car when (not if) they let go.
The only vehicle I felt comfortable with chains on was the old Ex Army
Dodge Power Wagon (1943-46 vintage) I used as a tow truck for a number
of years - with the old military issue lug tires that were pretty
useless in snow without the chains. It had a top speed of just over
45mph, so speed was no issue.
I noticed it without really noticing it but an email from a friend called it
to my attention; I think the hummingbirs and swallows have already left for
Capistrano or wherever they go.
It tends to hover around 32 for a lot of the winter, so icy is a fact of
life. Studs on the car and YakTrax on my boots. I've had mornings where I've
had to put the YakTrax on to make it the 50' across the comapny parking lot
without falling on my ass.
I drove OTR for a few years, If I never see another set of chains it will be
too soon. California is the worst. They want a set of triple rails on one
set of drivers, single rails on the other set, and a drag on one of the
trailer wheels. That's a lot of iron to drag through the snow.
Tri-Rails have cross chains with Y chains between them like
Single chains are like | | | |
Drag chains are chains on trailers to enhance braking. Generally
singlesri chains are more effective, same as on drive wheels.
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