Originally Posted by jimmyd
Chains are nice to have to keep the cops happy, but after going over Santiam Pass last month on package snow/ice, 4x4 got me through no problem.
Carring "traction devises" is part of the exemption in Oregon to not put traction devises on, if you meet the below exemptions
In typical winter conditions, the following vehicles are completely or partially exempt from the chain law. However, in very bad winter road conditions all vehicles may be required to use chains regardless of the type of vehicle or type of tire being used (this is known as a conditional road closure). A conditional road closure may occur on any of Oregon's highways and are frequent in the winter on Interstate 5 through the Siskiyou Pass south of Ashland:
Police vehicles, and fire vehicles, ambulances, and Department of Transportation highway maintenance vehicles when performing their duties.
A four-wheel or all-wheel drive passenger vehicle if all of the following statements are true:
a) It has an unloaded weight of 6,500 pounds or less;
b) It is operated to provide power to both the front and rear wheels;
c) It is carrying chains;
d) It has mud and snow, all-weather radial, or traction tires on all of its wheels;
e) It is not towing another vehicle;
f) It is not being operated in a manner or under conditions that cause the vehicle to lose traction.
I have only put my chains on when we were coming back (long steep downhill) from a sno-park and it was steep, icy, wet surface. I'll put a chain on the front and one on the rear. It is good for stopping and steering.