Chains and snow

Submitted: Friday, Jul 15, 2005 at 09:08
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Thinking of going to the snow ( will be first time ever for me ) do i need snow chains for my 4x4 ( sr5 hilux ) some say i will need - some say i wont because its 4x4 ... anyone care to enlighten a snow newby

Frank
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Reply By: Leroy - Friday, Jul 15, 2005 at 09:14

Friday, Jul 15, 2005 at 09:14
If you go to a Vicorian resort you need to carry chains by law. Where are you planning on going?

Leroy
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Friday, Jul 15, 2005 at 12:50

Friday, Jul 15, 2005 at 12:50
I drove all over Europe for years in a 2WD and never used chains in fact I never knew anyone who owned a set but they probably will give you a bit more traction (although they may cause tyre damage too - I understand) and, as Leroy says, they are required in Vic. I usually just keep a bit of old chain in the back to rattle if anyone says "show us yer chains" :)

The main thing is to drive to the conditions - and in snow that means slow and one gear higher than you need.

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Friday, Jul 15, 2005 at 17:12

Friday, Jul 15, 2005 at 17:12
'I usually just keep a bit of old chain in the back to rattle if anyone says "show us yer chains" :)'

And then when you are asked to put your chains on......???

Family in Europe dont use chains either.

Leroy
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Saturday, Jul 16, 2005 at 00:30

Saturday, Jul 16, 2005 at 00:30
>And then when you are asked to put your chains on......???

I firmly tell them that my personal life is none of their business! :)

Or say "Damn! Must have picked up the wrong one from the back of the garage". I like to live on the edge!

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Saturday, Jul 16, 2005 at 10:16

Saturday, Jul 16, 2005 at 10:16
I supose you only wear seatbelts when you feel like it also?

It's the law in vic to carry snow chains and put them on when directed.

Leroy
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Saturday, Jul 16, 2005 at 16:03

Saturday, Jul 16, 2005 at 16:03
>I supose you only wear seatbelts when you feel like it also?

I suppose you blindly obey laws without exercising judgement over their value?

>It's the law in vic to carry snow chains and put them on when directed.

It was the law in Nazi Germany to report Jews to the authorities so they could be killed.

Mike Harding
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Reply By: garrycol - Friday, Jul 15, 2005 at 10:54

Friday, Jul 15, 2005 at 10:54
Chains must be carried but when it comes time to fit them some authorities may decide that the conditions are OK for 4wd so that won't have to be put on - however they must be carried and be able to be fitted to the vehicle

Garry
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Reply By: Member - Mozza (NSW) - Friday, Jul 15, 2005 at 11:40

Friday, Jul 15, 2005 at 11:40
To answer your question.. a 4WD vehicle does not legally have to carry and/or use chains in Kosiousko National Park (NSW) (i returned from down there last weekend - see updated rig pic)....

The RTA are the governing body of the roads in the park..

If i was in a 2wd car.. and wanted to know whether or not I had to take them up to the mountains on a particular day.... just listen to Snow FM.. (jindabyne based radio station) they have regular updates all day.. confirming sections of raods that require snow chains to be put on..
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Follow Up By: Photoman - Friday, Jul 15, 2005 at 14:53

Friday, Jul 15, 2005 at 14:53
I can vouch for this, In NSW 4x4's do not have to carry chains only 2x4 by law
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Reply By: allanmac856 - Friday, Jul 15, 2005 at 23:33

Friday, Jul 15, 2005 at 23:33
In Vic, 4x4's do not need chains if visiting Lake Mountain according to their website.

Cheers
Allan
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