I live near a ski resort town in the Eastern Sierra and I will be making my first ever purchase of tire chains/cables...I grew up in the flat lands of Southern California (feel my embarrassment), so I have virtually no winter driving experience. I drive a Nissan Xterra 2WD. I am very much curious to hear from you all the pros and cons of chains and cables. I am also seeking any tips to help make my winter driving experience as safe as possible (for example, I've heard putting weight in the back of my car will help improve traction)...I've been up in this town before when the place was flooded with weekend warriors from LA, and it was not uncommon to see drivers spinning out all over the place. I do not wish to see that be me!
Thanks in advance. -RJ