Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: in the pow
Car: 05' 2.5i outback
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I have never had to put chains on by the highway patrol for the subie or the jeep. but do have good all season (snow tires)
in CA, there road ratings... r1, r2... etc.
i think r4 is ALL vehicles must have chains, but most of the time it's chains req'd on all but 4 wheel/all-wheel vehcles with snow tires.
I've never seen an all vehicle chain requirement since they shut the road down to everyone before that happens. would you realy want to drive in those conditions?
I know for 4-wheel drive you need one set (2 chains) for each drive axle so it may be the same for all-wheel. you dont NEED chains on all 4 tires, but you lose effectiveness.
The only time i ever had chains on my jeep was for winter travel on northern minnesota trails to the shack and they stayed on all winter. in fact, i believe chains are illiegal on public roads there.
Also, check that your car takes chains. Many VW's dont (according to the owners manual) but people still put them on.
It's up to you if you want to carry chains, but make sure you have good tires and a solid emergency kit for winter travel. And, if you get chains, know HOW to put them on and tighten them.
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