Originally Posted by signes
Nice write-up, but why the chains? I drive with snows here in the mountains and haven't had issues in my E90. I guess good to have in an emergency but I wouldn't put them on unless it was REALLY bad (and still not sure I would do it.) Also, not sure if it is the angle, but your rears look a little worn for snows.
Chains are required by law in the Lake Tahoe and Mammoth ski areas in California. If it's snowing, they won't let you up the mountain w/o them. Even if you have an AWD with snow tires, you're required to have chains in your car. If you tell the police officer at the check point that you have cables in your car, but aren't able to produce them when they ask for 'em it's a $200+ ticket.