Does anyone put a full set of chains on anymore?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by 11HourRequest, Jan 5, 2018.

  1. WorkinLateHuh

    WorkinLateHuh Active Member

    Im not talking about the skip/cheater chains but the full set.

    Most drivers only throw the quick 1’s on when they are stuck, which is what i used to do.

    On rural routes during snowstorms the 10-15 minutes it takes to put them on takes all the stress of the day away and it just feels like any other day. You can go almost anywhere with them. Its not that im trying to be a hero or anything, but it just takes the edge off.

    Thoughts? Some mountain passes and certain areas it’s mandatory if im not mistaken...
     
  2. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Well-Known Member

    29 years in and I have never chained up.
     
  3. We aren't allowed to use them here. Only emergency vehicles can. The post office is considered an emergency vehicle and they use them.
     
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  4. brownIEman

    brownIEman Well-Known Member

    What's their reasoning for that? That sounds weird. Is it a municipality or state thing?
     
  5. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Well-Known Member

    Chains tend to tear up roads.

    NY allows chains on an as needed basis but we can’t run them all day long.

    Studded snow tires can only be used from mid-November to mid-April for the same reason.
     
  6. Future

    Future Victory Ride

    Have used them twice ....last time broke off and almost flew into sometimes living room window ...while I was trying 2 get unstuck
     
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  7. The chains are a state thing

    I'm not sure about the postal thing. Supposedly they have the right of way unless another emergency vehicle has flashing lights or sirens. Probably some old obsure law written years ago.


    I'm too lazy to actually look it up.
     
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  8. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Well-Known Member

    Do they give you guys sandbags and traction aids?
     
  9. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Well-Known Member

    Yet you have more than enough energy to wallow in the muck over at Romper Room.
     
  10. Slap chains are dangerous and almost useless.
     
  11. Future

    Future Victory Ride

    Yes .... not a big fan of the sandbags ...traction aids not very helpful
     
  12. Future

    Future Victory Ride

    Have used the rubber mats b4 ...
     
  13. They didn't give us any sand bags this year. If it's a bad winter I will snag a few bags if Rick salt from maintenance and throw them in my truck.
     
  14. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Well-Known Member

    The sandbags get in the loaders’ way while doing their jobs.

    Never used the traction aids but I also heard that they are not very helpful.
     
  15. Future

    Future Victory Ride

    Just a pain in my arse ....I place overweights over the rear tires ...works for me ... brief time in between delivery and pickups ...where truck is light
     
  16. Sick day works better....
     
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  17. Future

    Future Victory Ride

    These newer trucks r horrible in deeper snow ...
     
  18. Too light and you can't rock them.
     
  19. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Well-Known Member

    ...which is one of the reasons I stay in the city...
     
  20. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Perhaps. Staff Member

    Tire chains are absolutely legal in the State of Pennsylvania.

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