Snow Chains, get 'em while they are "hot". - Jeep Compass Forum
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post #1 of 3 Old 12-11-2017, 01:10 PM Thread Starter
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Snow Chains, get 'em while they are "hot".

Just a tip, but 4x4s like our Compasses and others, they can give the driver more confidence on snow but they also give some drivers over confidence. (I started driving 4x4s when I was 12 on a ranch, and that was when Matt Dillon was the Sheriff... and now that I am an old codger, I still drive like a "little old lady" on snow covered roads, because we typically have black ice on the roads under the snow.)

I have a 2012 GMC 2500HD with very aggressive tread on the tires AND I also have snow chains for it. In the 6 years I've owned it (and previously a 4x4 Chevy Silverado) I have lost count of how many times I've pulled 4x4 SUVs out of snow banks, out of the toolies and on several occasions had to call state highway patrols and or first responders (typically overwhelmed) because drivers flipped, rolled, slid off the road or crashed into other vehicles and had serious injuries (I guess I could post pictures if anyone is interested of my "heroic efforts " of using a very large GMC pulling small SUVs out of bad snowy roads. I keep bags of water softener salt in the back of my GMC to add weight to the rear and occasionally to de-ice parts of our entrance to highways on two ranches we have.

My wife is driving up north in her Grand Cherokee for Christmas and I'm ordering chains for her Jeep. We are told there is a chance of snow, and I'll be driving up her way the day after, not in my Trailhawk, but the GMC because I already have chains for it, and I'lprobably be the only guy in a Santa Suit offering to pull folks out of bar ditches.

Check sources near you or online (I just did) and was impressed that show chains for the Jeep Compass with the smaller tire/wheel (compared to my GMC) are fairly affordable. Your Compass probably comes with M/S tires and might be 215/65R17. but look at your particual tire and verify.
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post #2 of 3 Old 12-12-2017, 02:50 AM
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The best modern winter tires do literally allow you to drive on ice. I had Michelin X Ice Xi3's on one of my car when an ice storm came through, ice everywhere, power lines down, tree limbs everywhere. People were driving super carefully and slowly (or they crashed) and I followed along too. Gradually I realized I didn't need to and after a while I just drove away from everyone else on the road.
As for sliding off the road that's on the driver. Drive appropriately for conditions and within the limits of your vehicle and tires capabilities (and your own).
I drove my Compass last winter with General Altimax Arctics. They aren't quite as good on ice as the x-Ice tires but are better in snow and slush. Really never had any trouble.
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post #3 of 3 Old 12-12-2017, 10:08 AM Thread Starter
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Canadians have vastly superior driving skills on ice and snow, especially compared to Texans who upon observing either snow or ice, or a combination of the two - frequently ponder, "What is this stuff?"

Dust, blowing sand, armadillos on the highway, hurricanes, tornadoes we can handle - but snow, we need all the help we can get.
And yes, Michelin X Ice tires are absolutely incredible. The factory tires that came on my 2018 Compass pale in comparison to Michelin.
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