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    Welcome to winter! Chain Controls

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    I always amaze myself how easily I forget "Oh yeah, it's that time of year again that I have to check the chain controls on the news" anytime I want to get out of the valley. Sometimes if it is really bad I would need chains to get to work, but we aren't there yet

    DH was telling me he should be home at 3 am & I asked him if he was confident that he could make it in time cause I have to leave at 4:15 am.... And I simply tell him "You sure? Cause there are going to be chain controls over the passes". He has a 4WD and I have an AWD so we don't have to put chains on, but still... His timing for coming home and when I need him here... It's cutting it a little close for me since he has to drive through some decent mountain passes

    Do you guys have chain controls in the winter where you are?
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    I'm a newbie when it comes to winter driving. I have not seen anything for chain controls here but this is my first winter in a place that gets snow so IDK.




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    I'll just stay here in my own personal hell where we have no Winter

    Anyway...........Not sure where you are but there are some passes getting to DH's hometown that if I were waiting for someone to arrive I'd be setting my expectation within "1-3 days" not an hour.
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    Not directly where we live. But we're in WA so depending where we go, yes we would have to deal with chains.
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    I've never heard of "chain controls" and I grew up where there is a loooooot of snow. Studded tires after October and keep the chains in the toolbox.
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    hmm. I've never heard of chain controls either. I live in MA, we get a decent amount of snow, but I don't think it would ever require chains, just some skillful driving...JK, no one in MA knows how to drive

    idratherbehiking -- no chain controls here
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    Hmm... I wonder if it is a northwest/west thing?
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    No winterizing here. I've never actually heard of chain controls but Boise never saw too much snow. I am starting to miss seasons. Perpetual summer is wearing on me a bit. Just short of 9pm and its 75 degrees outside.
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    IDK the only thing where I ever read it was on the I80 in Nevada if Im not mistaken it was by Reno.
    But I could be wrong too.
    We are living in the DC area and I never heard of it here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoraAnna View Post
    IDK the only thing where I ever read it was on the I80 in Nevada if Im not mistaken it was by Reno.
    But I could be wrong too.
    We are living in the DC area and I never heard of it here.
    Yeah Donner Pass is usually pretty bad. And it's usually the first road to close. I learned that the hard way... But I can officially say I've driven Donner Pass under chain controls. It's a beautiful road in the summer but when it is one lane in the winter, nighttime, and you can't see the road.... I felt like I was speeding at 30 mph
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