Some of the smaller, less used, out of the way highways have required 4x4 only, but I've never seen 4x4 with chains only. You'd have to live in the middle of nowhere, with no plow support whatsoever.blink32 wrote:I thought there were routes that no matter what, if they stopped you for chains you had to put them on unless you had studded tires? Although it's been a long time since I've been through the passes in N Cal so I can be wrong.
I seriously wouldn't worry about it. If you are coming up 395 from LA, you will only hit the real snow once you leave Bishop on the short way up to Mammoth. I used to drive from Reno to LA every winter & trust me, Mammoth is extremely tame in comparison with the rest of 395 between there and Reno. They keep Mammoth plowed quite well. Unless you arrive in the middle of a really good storm, I don't even think you'd have to pop it in 4x4.V8Pathy wrote:thinking of taking the Pathfinder for Mammoth Lakes this winter to go snowboarding. I have a 4x4 but I might need snow chains..which ones do you recommend ? remember I have 18" wheels.
Nice. The whole reason I went with the AT tires I've got was to ensure smooth sailing during my off-season travels. Didn't want to have to deal with carrying chains also.NVSteve wrote:Some of the smaller, less used, out of the way highways have required 4x4 only, but I've never seen 4x4 with chains only. You'd have to live in the middle of nowhere, with no plow support whatsoever.
I have no idea about the east coast though, maybe there are strange rules out there applying to snow. It honestly wouldn't surprise me.blink32 wrote:
Nice. The whole reason I went with the AT tires I've got was to ensure smooth sailing during my off-season travels. Didn't want to have to deal with carrying chains also.
I've experienced a few of the "stay off the streets, businesses are closed" type storms in the past. Since it usually scared everyone to death, driving on the roads was actually a piece of cake. Driving in fresh snow is quite easy. The only problem with driving in the snow is if there are other motorists on the streets, which causes the snow to melt, then re-freeze, making the drive more of a long slide than anything else.blink32 wrote:shiz, out here, if the road entrance isn't closed.......good luck and godspeed. I've driven through rediculous storms out here when noone else was on the road in Escorts and Sentra's. It surprised me to NOT see any signs that said anything like "chains required" out here after living here for a few years. I have been through a few State's Of Emergencies where they told everyone not to go to work and don't drive anywhere unless its critical but even then the roads weren't necessarily closed down and I never heard of any vehicular ability restrictions.
If I have 4-wheel-drive, do I need to carry chains?Greybrick wrote:Here are the California regulations for entering a 'chain control area'.
http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/traffops/truck ... allweather