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Old 03-03-2011, 01:00 PM
suvguy suvguy is offline
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Cool chains or cable

I commute on a regular basis (for 35 years) to Tahoe with 4wd, and have never once carried or needed chains. The CHP says chains are sometimes mandatory and all drivers must carry them (I've never been asked).
There are 3 controlled road situations- level 1- chains or snow tires ( the highways are always level 2 now- chains or 4wd with snow tires). All tires except summer performance tires are M+S rated, so qualify under this designation. Level 3- chains on all vehicles. I have never seen a level 3 requirement, and a CHP officer told me level 3 would be solid ice, and they would close the road if that condition ever occurred. Unless you have a very steep driveway or drive seriously unplowed roads, save your money.
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