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Originally Posted by David Beale
The only comment I can offer is they are not recommended by Toyota. I suppose the thinking is if you need chains the snow is too deep for the Prius ground clearance. Or it's just because of the tight wheel well clearances.
Installing snow tires and chains WHEN TO USE SNOW TIRES OR CHAINS Snow tires or chains are recommended when driving on snow or ice. On wet or dry roads, conventional tires provide better traction than snow tires. .... TIRE CHAIN SELECTION Use the tire chains of correct size. Regulations regarding the use of tire chains vary according to location or type of road, so always check the local regulations before installing chains. CHAIN INSTALLATION Install the chains on the front tires as tightly as possible. Do not use tire chains on the rear tires. Retighten chains after driving 0.5~W1.0 km (1/4~W1/2 mile). When installing chains on your tires, carefully follow the instructions of the chain manufacturer. If wheel covers are used, they will be scratched by the chain band, so remove the covers before putting on the chains. CAUTION ^A Do not exceed 50 km/h (30 mph) or the chain manufacturer's recommended speed limit, whichever is lower. ^A Drive carefully avoiding bumps, holes, and sharp turns, which may cause the vehicle to bounce. ^A Avoid sharp turns or locked~Vwheel braking, as use of chains may adversely affect vehicle handling. ^A When driving with chains installed, be sure to drive carefully. Slow down before entering curves to avoid losing control of the vehicle. Otherwise an accident may occur. NOTICE Do not attempt to use a tire chain on the compact spare tire, as it may result in damage to the vehicle as well as the tire.
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