GetOffYourGas wrote: ↑Thu Apr 15, 2021 10:04 amMaryland gets snow, but not like we do further north. I have never wanted chains even when driving mountain passes in Vermont during the winter. Snow tires are fine. But the Subaru drivers who think that their AWD will save them are the ones you have to look out for. It's scary, but I frequently see Subarus (and other AWD SUVs) sliding all over the roads in winter. AWD is NOT a substitute for snow tires!
Oh, absolutely. My first snow trip with my '88 Subie, I got a little overconfident through not hearing chain noise and let my speed had gradually crept up until I was doing 45 or so. Came to a curve, decided I was going a bit fast and just touched the brakes. Which is when I learned that 4WD doesn't improve braking traction, as one or more wheels locked up and I slid off the road, up the bank and over a small pine tree. It was still driveable, but it did about $1,400 damage to the car and more to my ego, although thankfully it was at night with no one around to see me make a fool of myself. Ever since, I've driven very carefully, and stick to chain speed limits, just as if I had them on.