This is a thread for folks to post their winter driving tips, tricks, cautions, parables, educational anecdotes, hearsay and old wives tales (have I covered it all?). I thought it would be a good idea, especially for folks who are driving a type of vehicle that is new to them, or who have moved recently. My inspiration for this thread came from a discussion I had with my neighbor the other day. We were trading tales from this most recent snow and all the accompanying mayhem. This is my first winter with 4wd (woo!). I bought a set of chains for my truck. Two chains. I didn't know any better. Discovered to my dismay that by putting two chains on a 4wd vehicle you are busting yourself back down to 2wd. Don't be cheap. Buy four chains. Also, sat with the truck on the side of the last paved road between me and home and thought about the series of hills I had to navigate. Two chains. Four tires. Which tires to chain? Thought and thought. Finally put them on the front wheels... "For help with steering!" I reasoned. Up the first hill was fine. Down the second hill (I can see some of you wincing and shaking your heads)... Well, the second hill was long and had some turns. The camber was fairly level, but the trees around it were dense. Kids had been sledding on it and the sun hadn't hit it all day, due to the trees. It was a sheet of ice. I began to creep slowly down the hill... roll, brake, roll, brake, roll... slide, roll, slide... Slide?! Yes, slide. When you apply the brakes, if everything is as it should be, all four wheels receive the braking impulse. Any tires with chains should bite into the ice. Tires without chains will slide. In my case, pointed downhill, with chains on the front tires, the front tires bit in and the rear tires slid... SIDEWAYS! I pendulum'd down that hill. Rear of the truck slid to the left, then I'd release the brake and straighten out, brake again and let the rear of the truck slide to the right, release and straighten out, gaining more and more momentum. Finally near the bottom I just cut loose and let it run out. I was really lucky there was no one else on the road and that the hill wasn't longer than it was. Next day I bought another set of chains. After admitting this to my neighbor, I was bestowed with another gem of winter driving wisdom. For cars with front-wheel drive and a center parking brake, be aware that your parking brake is most likely connected to your rear wheels. If you hold in the release (thumb) button on your parking brake, you can use your parking brake in lieu of your regular foot brake and have better braking ability on ice. Just don't get up too much speed.