Thanks guys. Those Thule chains look great and I'll look into them.
I don't expect to use them except for an emergency, which is why I'm not looking at snow tires. I don't want to drive around with snows all winter for 3-4 significant snowfalls per season. Where we live we have to go up a hill to get out of our develpment, and that's the concern. Once this winter I already couldn't make it up the hill. Fortuantely the snow plow came soon after.
I never had chains but it may be a good and inexpensive safety net for those oddball storms that we occassionally have.
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