Originally Posted by SkiMinker
Growing up skiing in Vermont, my family always had a 2 wheel and never had a problem driving up in the mountains to go skiing, even in a big dump. Since moving to N. Ca, I have always wondered how come we use chains here, but not back East. Our house was at the top of a huge, steep hill and no one ever had problems. Here, driving up 80 in a storm is a joke! Sometimes they make you put on chains when the road is just wet, not even snowy (thus I have a 4wd now)
Why is this so?
Even as a truck driver now, when the word goes out that the chain law is in place yet the roads are wet all the way over Donner, we wonder this too. And then we have to hang iron on bare roads. No wonder that road is so tore up.
If Caltrans sees more than 3 flakes fall in a row, here come the chain law.
Yes other western states do enforce the the chain rule, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington.No they don't have check points, but if the police sees you with out chains, they pull you over, give you a ticket, then tell you to put chains on.
At least Caltrans has the chain monkeys to put your chains on for you, if you have no idea how to.$20.00 for 4 wheelers, $50.00 for semis.
Thankfully i work for a company that says if you have to chain, you shut it down.