Chains broke while driving.

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by chmpbt, Dec 27, 2017.

  1. pmdriver

    pmdriver Road Train Member

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    I used to love going up I-70, having to chain before the tunnel, running in that tunnel doing 20-25 mph shaking like a blender, coming out the otherside and the cars and trucks are piled up, heading for a spot to check what is left of the chains, switching out the bad ones and pulling all the broken links out of the tires, then get another 10 miles and the road is only wet but nowhere to pull over to take them off,at least they started putting pull offs for that but in the old days we had to pull to the shoulder and take our chances with the traffic, and now we have them stoners who are not caring and think it is fun to buzz and splash us when we are struggling, or that snowplow driver with a full blade ready to bury anyone standing or crawling around. At least they fining the cars that do that anymore and if they get stuck they get a huge fine also.
     
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  2. Hammer166

    Hammer166 Crusty Information Officer

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    This isn't really true. You can run a very long time on a set of chains, provided you only use them on ice/snow covered roads. And yeah, that's getting tougher to accomplish with these states throwing up the chain law for a forecast of flurries. (Why yes, California, we are looking at you!)

    But this part of your post is dead on.
     
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  3. Hyweighman

    Hyweighman Medium Load Member

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    Has anyone tried tire socks?
    If so did you like them
     
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  4. Hammer166

    Hammer166 Crusty Information Officer

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    Not very durable. If they touch bare pavement, they're done. I'd only recommend as an emergency use item.
     
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  5. Oxbow

    Oxbow Road Train Member

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    I was wondering about those as well; never seen them used as of yet.
     
  6. Hammer166

    Hammer166 Crusty Information Officer

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    We had a couple guys try them. A bit spendy, too; especially considering how easily they got trashed.
     
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    S M D Road Train Member

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  8. Hyweighman

    Hyweighman Medium Load Member

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    Ok thanks guys. I figured as much.
     
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  9. akfisher

    akfisher Heavy Load Member

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    Try to keep them in the snow as much as possible. Dry roads are a no no plus if its ice only then Chains are just skates
     
  10. chmpbt

    chmpbt Bobtail Member

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    Yes. And on bare road too.
    This was most likely the problem.
    I was going 45-50 dry, bare road.
    But it’s snowy (unplowed) on the side/surface roads and then the freeway is treated with melty stuff and it’s dry and clear of snow.
    I’m not trying to put on and take off the chains 10 times a day.
     
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