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Old 12-28-2015, 02:15 AM   #1
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going on a road trip up on 12/31-01/04 along hwy 101 from SF all the way up the coast to Astoria, then thru Salem > Bend > Klamath Falls > Weed/Shasta > back to SF.

I've been following tripcheck.com for the snow chain requirements and i keep seeing the term "traction tires".

Question: are those the dedicated snow tires? studded or non-studded (blizzaks work?)

I'm a seasoned driver thru the snow that builds up at Lake Tahoe area and can handle that kind of snow in my current A/W M+S tire setup. I'm planning on picking up some cable/chains for the car, but just wanted to get some opinions from the locals regarding the drive between Salem > Bend > Klamath Falls area.

How bad is the "Severe Weather Hazard" warnings along this area? will i find myself running cables/chains the entire time in the region?

TIA for any feedback/advice you guys can offer.
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Old 12-28-2015, 02:23 AM   #2
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Idk about that area but I drive on all seasons above snow line all the time Blizzaks would be awesome for the conditions I'm in I've never had to chain up in the WRX. If there's sever snow systems moving in off the Pacific as a direct result of El Nino I would carry chains for fresh pow over ice/snow pack conditions... Studded tires would be great if you really want reassurance.
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Old 12-28-2015, 02:37 AM   #3
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The chain requirements can be confusing. Here's the Oregon law:

When the rules are "Chains required, traction tires allowed on vehicles under 10,000 lbs" blah blah blah, 4WD/AWD vehicles have an exception. 4WD/AWD vehicles do NOT need traction tires OR chains provided:

1) They have all-season tires AND

2) You are carrying chains in the vehicle AND

3) You're not towing AND

4) You're not slippin' and slidin' all over. (this rule is so if you cause an accident due to lack of traction, you could still be cited)


The only exception to this is something called a "Conditional Road Closure." This rare event can mean every car and truck must chain up no matter what. I've encountered this notice maybe once in many, many years of driving over the pass.

So, how is the driving over the passes without chains or traction tires? Well, I've rarely ever needed chains or traction tires when I was running a WRX or STI over Oregon winter passes. You may want to drive a little slower is all, and be especially vigilant on your speed downhill (using downshift/engine brake is more effective than brake pedal for slowing on ice).

Where it gets a bit scary is when it's iced over, and it's around mid-30 degrees or warmer and the ice is melting. But bottom line, normally the passes are doable in the winter without stopping for chains - I almost never did. But it's safer with them (and harder on your tranny).

Just my 0.02 - flame suit on.

http://www.tripcheck.com/Pages/chain-laws.asp

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Old 12-28-2015, 03:48 AM   #4
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^^ big thanks for that feedback. the whole "traction tire" thing is throwing me off. i'm picking up a set of cable/chains to be on the safe side though.

that being said... i can use some recommendations from the locals on good eats along hwy 101 and around Bend.
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Old 12-28-2015, 08:32 PM   #5
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"Traction tires" would be something like Blizzaks or studded snow tires. If you don't feel like buying new tires just get some cable chains. I run Blizzaks personally and love them.

As mentioned above your all season tires will be fine IF you have chains in the car and are prepared to use them should the going get tough.
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Old 12-28-2015, 08:45 PM   #6
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