Do I need AWD to drive to Tahoe?

Pandora Hulio
May 15 13 Comments

Thinking about buying a new car. Plan to occasionally drive to Tahoe in the winter, 1-2 per month. Would adding AWD be worth it?

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TOP 13 Comments
  • TuneIn WsvF24
    It better to have it, so you don’t have to crawl around the car installing chains. Very hard task for software coders
    May 15 0
  • MSCI / Eng notDaDroid
    Totally. Under certain road conditions police only allows 4wds or 2wds with snow chain on the road. So having a 4wd could save you the hassle/expense of putting on the chains
    May 15 3
    • Pandora Hulio
      OP
      How often do these conditions actually happen?
      May 15
    • MSCI / Eng notDaDroid
      I have been up there only 2-3 times, I am not an expert on the topic. What I gathered is when the snow actually falls they tend to have this regulation in effect because it is impossible to keep all the roads clear of snow. That is pretty frequent during the winter period
      May 15
    • Diffbot Bhcr75
      During ski season, generally about 1/3 of the time.
      May 15
  • F5 Networks buzz-word
    Nope. Snow chains are just fine.
    May 15 0
  • Google ok ?
    laughed at people putting on chains in a blizzard as i sped past towards boreal with AWD
    May 15 4
    • Pandora Hulio
      OP
      Were you using regular mud+snow (m+s) tires? We're they giving you enough grip?

      I used to drive a lot in snowy/icy conditions and unless I had studs, it was tricky, even on AWD.
      May 15
    • Google ok ?
      nope, all season! if you’re driving in a snowy area all season then winters are the way to go with tired. otherwise all seasons are just fine.

      if you used winters to drive up to tahoe from the bay area, the roads will eat up your tire and you won’t get as much life out of it.
      May 15
    • Google ok ?
      also understand that 4wd and AWD are different.
      May 15
    • Pandora Hulio
      OP
      Yeap, AWD != 4x4. I don't plan to be off main roads and in deep snow, mostly looking for stability on slippery roads.
      May 15
  • Microsoft MSFTBRO
    AWD in deep snow is useless unless you turn off traction control.

    AWD is waayy better for slick roads.
    May 15 1
    • Pandora Hulio
      OP
      How often do you find yourself in deep snow in Tahoe? Do you go off the main roads?
      May 15