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Alternative to snow cables suitable for Element

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Last year, I went up to Mammoth for a dog mushing trip with friends. I was given some snow chains (cable style) that were never used. The people that gave them to me bought them for an Element, so I knew they were the right kind. What a disaster!! I wound up taking them off because the cables kept snapping. It broke my heart too, because one of the cables snapped on the inside and the loose cable scratched the hell out of my E going around and around the outside. It still bears the scars. So here's my question: Is there a better alternative? I read on here that using actual chains isn't really suitable for the E, but I don't want to go through another round of snapping cables and scratched car. Anybody?
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My brother swears by Snobootz. Uses them when he goes snowboarding in Whistler. Best on hard-packed snow and ice. Less so in soft-snow, but then chains are not much use in soft stuff either.
Did you drive on the cables on dry pavement? they are pretty much only supposed to be used on snow/ice roads. Roadways will wear the cables and snap them as you experienced.
Ditto that - never run cables, chains, etc. on dry pavement. As mentioned cables will break, and so, eventually, will chains, or anything else. Dry pavement for any distance at all and anything like that has to be taken off. Any (very short distance) pavement driving at all should under 30 mph and very carefully.
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