Chains, cables, Spikes spiders in snow and ice
A 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop is our new baby. We live in the Sierra's. Our snow is known as Sierra Cement, it's heavy, wet, and our warm California days partially melt it by day and freeze it into ice sheets by night. No matter the stellar handling, or the inclusion of mud/snow tires, we will need chains, cables, or spike spiders.(which you can find at spikes-spiders dot com) We even have to chain up our AWD Subaru's at times.
We bought the 15" rims, so there would be more clearance between the tires and wheel wells. For those of you in snow/ice country, what do you use?
Separate tires really aren't an option, as we are at the edge of the snow line, and most driving will be done on the highway away from the snow. We want high mileage tires...w/o studs.
So please, share with me, what form of slide control do you use? Chains, cables, or spikes spiders.
Yes, we could have bought the Clubman w/AWD, but...it doesn't get 42MPG!! Just idea's on chain control.
By the way, the Spikes Spiders are magical. Several neighbors have these, and they've lasted many many seasons of repeated use with no damage or breakage. I just don't know about the clearance. And...you pay big bucks for the convenience.