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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 12-17-2008, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
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winter driving

At risk of sounding like a complete simpleton, I am new to winter driving in my commander. From what I have read here it seems like it should do pretty well. But now that we have some significant snow and ice on the ground I am wondering if I should get chains or should the commander just be able to hold its own.
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At risk of sounding like a complete simpleton, I am new to winter driving in my commander. From what I have read here it seems like it should do pretty well. But now that we have some significant snow and ice on the ground I am wondering if I should get chains or should the commander just be able to hold its own.
Do you have 4wd? If so, I wouldn't worry too much about chains for normal street driving in snow.

If you have 2wd, chains might be your best bet, but you could probably survive with studded snow tires instead. Just my opinion...
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I have 4wd with quadra-drive II and hemi
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I have 4wd with quadra-drive II and hemi
You have nothing to worry about.... that's the best 4wd system available on the Commander.

Keep in mind that just because you will have great traction to get moving and you'll be unlikely to get stuck, your braking performance in snow or on ice will be on par with everyone else on the roads. In other words, having 4wd doesn't give you an advantage in braking.
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Keep in mind that just because you will have great traction to get moving and you'll be unlikely to get stuck, your braking performance in snow or on ice will be on par with everyone else on the roads. In other words, having 4wd doesn't give you an advantage in braking.
...and that's extremely important!

Just like in my sig, "4 wheel drive doesn't mean 4 wheel stop!" Live by that saying, and it will keep you alive.

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...and that's extremely important!

Just like in my sig, "4 wheel drive doesn't mean 4 wheel stop!" Live by that saying, and it will keep you alive.
I agree, that's why I drive slowly in bad weather. I love seeing the big SUVs on 24" low profiles with TX or CA plates go blasting by me, only to see them in the ditch several miles later, makes me laugh a little before I stop & pull them out for $200!

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i shut off the ESP and go drifting thought corners at high speed. this thing has excellent control. its much more fun when you turn off all the nanny computer crap.
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Where will you be driving? Chains are illegal on public roads in most areas of the US.
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Where will you be driving? Chains are illegal on public roads in most areas of the US.
"most" is a dangerous word, every state I have been in on the west side of this great country allows chains and many require that you have them to drive on certain roads during snow & ice conditions (Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Arizona).



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You're right, I should have been more specific. I meant most cities or populated areas, and I know of few east of the Mississippi that allow chains in the winter due to the effect that they have on road infrastructure in cities that plow. I'm a city slicker though.

In wilderness or sparsely populated areas in the west, or completely snowbound areas anywhere in the country, I'm sure you're fine as long as you don't go into certain cities which prohibit them. Call your city or township hall, or state transportation department if you're unsure on the chains.

It's probably all moot unless you're really in a snowbound area, though. I'm sure the Jeep can handle whatever you throw at it without chains. I haven't tried the Commander in snow yet, but when I lived in Michigan our Cherokee would power through two or three feet of snow without a problem on radial tires.
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