[Vwdiesel] TDI Passet 4 Motion

William J Toensing toensing at wildblue.net
Sat Feb 24 04:49:21 EST 2007

Some of you from snow country have expressed surprise over Calif. chain requirements in the mountains, when it snows. I grew up in Minnesota or "Minne-snow-ta" as I some times call it. I never used chains back there & first considered it an insult to be required to use chains as I know how to drive in snow. I moved to Calif. when I was 36 years old, in 1969. However, you don't argue with the CHP, you chain up or don't drive when chains are required. Often, four or all wheel drive cars are exempt from chain requirements.

The problem here is most Californians don't know how to drive in snow or bad weather, unless they come from snow country as I do. Also, our snow is usually a sticky wet type known as "Sierra Cement". This is because the temperature is  usually around freezing when it snows, whereas it is usually much colder when it snows in Minn. In addition, you have heavy traffic & steep grades in the mountains, & an accident can & does cause gridlock.

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