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Old 02-06-2014, 08:33 PM
 
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I've never seen tire chains in person, or heard anyone even suggest using them in Iowa before.

Same here. Tire chains are something I've heard of but never seen.
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Old 02-07-2014, 09:02 AM
 
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I guess if we count I-380 as being separate from Iowa City, and technically it is, then chains wouldn't be needed in Iowa City. I found snow tires to be fairly useful during the storms. Most of the cars I saw in the ditch were people going too fast on I-380. Since chains put a much lower cap on how fast the car can go, I think the chains would've helped them

I just reflexively include I-380 in Iowa City since I was in North Liberty, and thus much closer to 380.
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Old 02-07-2014, 05:16 PM
 
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I guess if we count I-380 as being separate from Iowa City, and technically it is, then chains wouldn't be needed in Iowa City. I found snow tires to be fairly useful during the storms. Most of the cars I saw in the ditch were people going too fast on I-380. Since chains put a much lower cap on how fast the car can go, I think the chains would've helped them

I just reflexively include I-380 in Iowa City since I was in North Liberty, and thus much closer to 380.
I've lived in SE Iowa and Des Moines, and have traveled pretty frequently to IC and CR. NEVER have I seen anyone with chains.
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Old 02-07-2014, 10:20 PM
 
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I have seen vehicles with tire chains, and every one of them was a semi. The drivers were also driving into Colorado, Montana, Utah, the mountainous regions during the winter. Chains can/will beat the heck out of the wheel wells, and fenders of the cars if they become loose. Hence not many people use them. Best to go slow and take it easy. All weather tires will work if they are kept in good condition and replaced when needed.

As for abandon vehicles along the interstate, they aren't "abandoned". They are left while the driver is either arranging for the vehicle to be picked up or getting some place warm. Staying in a vehicle that has left the roadway is silly and could be fatal. Especially in frigid temperatures or bad weather. It is best to leave the vehicle to ensure your personal safety.
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Old 02-08-2014, 07:37 AM
 
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There is also the problem of drivers running out of fuel while stuck in stopped or slow, time-consuming traffic in a storm.
Hopefully they are able to get off of the roadway before absolutely running bone dry. If not, a push will clear a vehicle off to the side sometimes.
Making an effort to get the roadway cleared of marooned vehicles to allow plowing is a good thing.
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Old 04-24-2014, 05:34 PM
 
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The only van I would recommend is Wilder.
That having been said, front wheel drive is just a good idea.
AWD is less efficient, but handles better.
Best car I ever drove was an AWD Jaguar. But that was only about 4 days per week. The other three it was being repaired.
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Old 04-25-2014, 06:12 PM
 
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Tire chains are really only necessary in areas with steep inclines. Going up a snowy grade, even with winter tires, can be impossible without chains. I've never seen anyone in flatter areas like KS, NE, IA, and MO with chains.
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