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So I have heard that there are places here in Cali where they won't let you drive unless you have snow chains installed in the winter, has anyone heard of this? Are cables ok? and does anyone have any recommendations for decent, non destructive cables? I have stock height and tires still, and I would only put on the cables to get past the stupid areas, then take them off. I am not worried about driving in the winter, so I wouldn't normally get snow chains.
Thanks for the input.
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I bought my first mustang in snowy Colorado, and was forced to use chains to get around their neighborhood. Mustangs arn't snow cars at all. But it can be done with caution and I just used generic cable chains.
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Anywhere in the country where you have mountains and snowfall, you'll be required to run chains. For your locale, I'd contact the Dept of Transportation and confirm if cables will suffice. Folks here are knowledgeable but I'd go to the source.
When I lived in san diego I carried a set of cable chains in the trunk during winter. I was stopped a few times going into the mountains and the grape vine . Once to see if I had chains, once to make me put them on. I think they still tell u if you need to put them on. Most 4 wd do not need chains in CA.
Years ago when I was stationed out in Komie-phor-knee-ah, If going into the mountains in the winter you were required to have chains in the vehicle and if it was snowing they'd have signs (and check points) up telling you chains were required to go beyond that point.
It doesn't appear that has changed and you don't need chains in the lower elevations.
Yes, chains are required in some areas when there is snow on the roads. The places I’m aware of are in the mountains. There are sections of I-80 between Sacramento & Tahoe where they will pull over cars/trucks to ensure they have chains on before continuing down the highway when its snowing. And I mean reeeallly snowing. Its announced on the local radio stations, traffic reports, road signs etc etc.
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In southern cali unless you go into the laguna mountains or big bear you wont need chains. Even then, the main roads in the lagunas are usually drivable without them. if you go in through julian or Ramona vs interstate 8 take chains. they tend to keep the interstate well maintained but highway 67 (julian and ramona, not so much)
Big bear, if its snowing, you will need chains just in case.
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Originally Posted by LostBoyz
if you are getting 29mpg in your 5.0, you aren't driving it correctly
Never chained the stang up in CO but have ran Blizzaks before. If chain laws are in effect, they are largely ignored here in metro area and most people in the mountains. They usually make it mandatory only for trucks (what ya'll call big rigs).
When I lived in SW CO for a while, yeah I kept a set of cables in the trunk and pulled them out more than a few times. So go for the cables and not a bad idea to get some bungie cords to in order to keep them super tight.
I think this winter I might buy a set of chains for my pickup just in case. Better to have and not need them you know!
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