Thanks JD. I have the same tires.
Solo on snow/ice, it probably makes more sense to chain the fronts due to the weight. But I'm not sure chains would have pulled you thru the place you were stuck.
So, basically we were being tourist morons trying to see Badlands National Park. Not sure we would have been able to see anything anyway due to the blowing snow. I didn't even realize we were driving on a high-crown dirt road because it appeared to be flat with some snow on the right side. Well, it was only flat because
of the snow -- and it was about 12 inches deep. Which wouldn't have been an issue if I hadn't hit it at 35 MPH thus causing the truck to pull hard right, at which point it went off the road completely into several feet of snow. Screwed.
With the chains and going a little more cautiously I'm sure I'd have been fine. But after attempting to dig the thing out in 50 MPH gusts for an hour and getting covered in snow I was soaked and freezing and just wanted to get the hell out of there. And so we did.
On a 2 lane road outside Farmington, nm, we passed a truck/camper on the shoulder and just as we passed I caught a glimpse of an older gentleman struggling with a tire. I searched for a place to turn around for 10 miles. It still bothers me that I was not able to get back and assist.
Newsflash: you are
an older gentleman. Well, older, at least. Unsure about the gentleman part.
Anyway, I understand the predicament. My policy is that if there is no life-threatening weather I only pull over to assist when the following two conditions are met:
1) The vehicle has an obvious mechanical problem that is currently being addressed; i.e., I see people trying to work on or fix things.
2) I have the ability to bring my own vehicle to a safe/controlled stop and fully clear the lane of traffic.
Today it was easy because I was only going about 50 MPH, I saw them well ahead of time, the shoulder was plenty large (and I had no trailer attached), and they were obviously trying to fix a problem. Plus, the weather was getting close to life-threatening without shelter so I was even more willing to help.