Tire chains, or snow chains, boost your vehicle’s traction on icy roads and mountainous inclines. In select regions where these conditions are common, tire chains are sometimes legally mandated for driver safety. However, if tire chains aren’t used properly or for their intended purpose, they can cause damage to the body of your car and to roadways.
However, if you live in frigid climates with frequent snowfall, tire chains are extremely advantageous. They grip surfaces with low friction, which allows your tires to rotate normally and the help minimize the skidding effect that comes with braking on patches of ice. They become even more important if you are driving on steep hills or inclines during the winter months. The first step is to make sure you are buying the right tire chains for your car. Fitment is key here – chains that are too large for your tire will bang against the body of your car and cause significant damage, while chains that are too small won’t fit at all. Check the packaging of the tire chains, as well as your owner’s manual, to find fitment details. View the tire chain-sizing guide here.
- Fastest, easiest installation of any traction product.
- Better compatibility with anti-lock brakes, traction control, all-wheel drive and other electronically monitored control systems.
- Meets the requirements of S.A.E. Class “S” operating clearances.
- Rubber tighteners included.
- Simple mounting and removal due to its low weight.
- Improved starting, stopping and cornering performance.
- All-steel construction for a long service life and a smooth ride.
- Low operating space requirements around drive tires for passenger sizes.
The first step is to make sure you are buying the right tire chains for your car. Fitment is key here – chains that are too large for your tire will bang against the body of your car and cause significant damage, while chains that are too small won’t fit at all. Check the packaging of the tire chains, as well as your owner’s manual, to find fitment details. View the tire chain-sizing guide here. To install your tire chains, turn on your car and make sure that it is in park with your parking brake engaged. From here, make sure the chains are flat without tangles and place them over the top of the tire, pulling the ends of the chain as far to the bottom half of the wheel as possible.
Once this is complete, drive your vehicle forward slightly, so that the portion of the tire that is not covered in the chain is exposed. You can now connect both ends of the chain – you will have to do this on both the inner and outer sides of the tire. Make sure to tighten them as much as possible at the point of connection. It is recommended that you re-tighten them shortly after driving to ensure they do not become loose during the rest of your drive.
Removing the chains is a much simpler process, as you just have to disconnect the links and the chain should fall to the ground. Remember – tire chains are only meant to be used on icy roads, so they may require frequent installation and removal depending on the weather – a small price for safe winter driving!