Originally Posted by blackdograv
Have you ever used chains?
I used them in northern VT for years before I had a 4WD vehicle. They work, but they are a MAJOR PITA!!!
1 Challenging to put on. Takes 5-10 minutes when you get proficient.
2 Need to "re-tighten" after one mile.
3 If neither #1 or #2 are done adequately, chains loosen up and get flung outward as you speed up. This can, and usually does, result in the chains tearing into your wheel well with not-pretty results.
4 Just when you need to apply them, it will usually be raining on top of glaze ice. I can assure you that this is not a fun time to be on your knees in the dark on the side of the road.
5. As soon as you hit dry pavement, you should take them off.
6. You need to stay below 25 mph.
7. If you get stuck at all on ice, and attempt to gun the engine to coax a little more traction, they can slip right off and wrap around the axle. Usually this will take a hour or two to untangle, again in the freezing dark, and usually you will have damaged your metal brake lines.
I've never had an issue with them coming off, and on the Rav you lose 4WD above 25mph anyway.
Putting them on isn't much fun, but when done in the driveway or a parking lot, it's a hell of a lot more comfortable than the side of a highway.
And the buses here roll with them over cleared roadways anyway.
But we also only need to pull them out maybe once every few years.
I guess it makes sense to have winter tires and deal w/ the tire change twice a year, if you know you're going to need them multiple times throughout the winter.