I have a 2009 Chevey Equinox, V6 FWD, and live in Denver, Colorado. In anticipation of learning to ski, I bought Blizzak WS80 snow tires for winter driving. I also need to carry a set of chains or alternative traction device.
Now my owners manual states clearly “Do not use tire chains. There is not enough clearance” and even though it looks like there is a lot of space around my tire, I’m sure there’s something otherwise the manual wouldn’t state this.
Anyway, the CODOT web site says I can use “alternative traction device (like AutoSock).” (https://www.codot.gov/travel/winter-driving/TractionLaw)
Does anyone else have a 2009 Chevy Equinox out here in Colorado?
Would the autosock remove all benefits of having a Blizzak snow tire when I need it most?
What are some other options to chains and the autosock?
Thanks for any suggestions!