I recently purcased a 2003 Tahoe Z71. First four wheel drive vehicle I
have ever purchased. A new Tahoe was going to be our retiremebt
vehicle, but this year I have had two heart attacks and a 4 way heart
by-pass. Three years to retirement so we decided to one now at the year
end selling prices. We love our Tahoe. We are planning a trip to
Yosemite, Cal trans says chains or snow tires are required, would the
tires that came with the Z71 be considered snow tires?
Not sure about your location but out here in Washington, if DOT lists the
pass a snow tire required, most any four wheel drive will be allowed to
pass.(Unless you have bald tires or something like that) Your Tahoe should
have no trouble with this type of condition. Good Luck and enjoy your trip.
If you are serious about staying on the road, studs on 4 M/S tires will do a
fine job on ice, I also pack "Full Jewelry" (chains for 4) for my '78 Chevy
3/4 ton 4x4. when I HAVE TO venture in the deep stuff. This is the time for
filing Trip Logs with friends, Survival Gear, towchains and ropes along with
a good winch and a healthy realization that you may have to turn back at any
Your best defense against the other guys out there is to stay off the road
if you don't really need to be out there in bad weather. You can get just as
dead due to the stupid actions of other unprepared drivers out there as you
can by your own actions.
It's pretty darn irrelevant that you are in the "right" when a oncoming
vehicle is side-sliding at 50mph straight at you and there's no option to
get out of his way, then you realize that the only "right place" is not on
the road at all.
Yup. When I first learned to drive, whenever I went somewhere
in a car with my parents they would ask me over and over "okay,
*now* which side of the road would you bail out?" I would be
dead now if my father had not put that training to use himself,
in a very near miss with a drunk driver in a truck speeding to
pass oncoming traffic around a blind corner. I learned to be
always aware on an unconscious level of when there was any safe
space to pull off the road in an emergency.
Yep, and that can kill tourists from the states here. You drive on the
righthand side of the road, we drive on the left, so your instinctive
reaction to head for the kerb and get off the road out of the way of the
oncoming car would tend to take you into the other lane full of oncoming
usually 2 or 3 deaths of tourists from countries that drive on the right per
year in NZ.
Nope, having an escape plan that considers both sides of the
roadway is not the cause of US driver fatalities on NZ roads.
Having driven 1-lane roads in a country where you drive on the
left, I can say the danger lies not in the escape plan, but in
the powerful combination of routine driving habit and fatigue.
FWIW, oncoming traffic in your lane is not unusual anywhere the
local population rarely encounters a divided highway, or drinks
and drives, or both.
When I went to England to visit a relative people kept asking me why I didn't
drive. My take is that it's just not safe for a right-hand driver to drive in
a left-hand country.
Everybody I talked to sort of pooh-pooh'd that idea and one guy was stationed in
Germany - and drove back-and-forth on a regular basis.
But I found that every time I leaned on somebody a little a similar story
emerged. Something like "Yeah, I was really tired/preoccupied/whatever and
suddenly I realized I was driving on the wrong side of the road". Not just
some people, *all* people out of about 20.
UK: "Nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to drive there."
In California SNOW CHAINS can be REQUIRED on 4xs even WITH snow tires so best
option is to have SNOWCHAINS with you that FIT your tires and KNOW how to
install them. That way you won't be turned back and disapointed OR worse put in
harm's way while "in country".
Always remember that 4xs can move when 2xs can't BUT 4xs DON'T stick to ice any
better then 2xs for STOPPING!
BEST place to get SNOW CHAINS that fit perfectly and SNOWCHAINS101 in the
Us sissy Californian's don't really have much snow that isn't plowed off
the main roads quickly....I'm thinking Hwy 50 or 80 needing chains with
4WD...That would equal a major snowstorm and dangerous driving
Or the side roads that don't get plowed, snow gets driven on and compacted
during the day, then it re-freezes during the night. Going downhill the next
morning can be quite an adventure as snow tires don't grip ice much better
than street tread. Chains are the only safe way. The extra weight of a
trailer can push you beyond the traction limits of tires only and chains are
the answer. Cables run smoother, especially on the dry patches of pavement,
but don't grip like chains when the going gets rough.
Putting chains or cable traction units on the front wheels improves steering and
braking; usually more weight on the front so traction is improved also. I
that from power company linemen when we operated a snowshoeing camp in 1960's.
Tight wheel wells may not allow enough room on SUV but should work OK on pickups.
Owners manual (my 98 Envoy and 03 Trailblazer for example) for many newer
say you should not use chains, that leaves either cables or "spiders" It appears
to prevent damage to the ABS sensor (my guess).
"(Pete Cresswell)" wrote:
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