In extremely icy and snowy road conditions, your winter tires may not be enough. When instructed to by authorities or when driving through mountain passes, you should install snow chains to give you added security. According to The Globe and Mail, snow chains will improve your traction by 100%. This is a great help to have on your side when traversing snowy roads.
Below are 7 steps that you can follow to help you install your chains. The only way to make use of their added safety benefits is to make sure that your chains are on right.
Step 1 Pick a safe spot
The best and safest place to install snow chains is in your driveway. If this is not an option for you, or if you need to install the chain while out on the road, then you need to pick a low traffic and level area. Make sure to set your parking brake before laying out the chains. According to TransBC, your tires should be at a normal inflation level.
Step 2 Lay out the chains
If your vehicle is rear-wheel drive, then you will need to place the chains on your back tires, and so you will want to lay them out behind your vehicle. If, however, you have a front-wheel drive, then the chains will need to be laid out in the front. The chain fasteners should be facing up and the traction facing down.
Step 3 Drive onto the chains
If you’ve set out your chains in front of your vehicle, then carefully drive forward over them. If they will go on your back tires, then you will need to back up. Go slowly and make sure that you are driving directly onto the chains.
Step 4 Make sure the chains are fastened
Once the tires are over top of the chains, simply fasten the overlapping ends with their closing mechanisms. Hook the inner chain first and the outer chain after.
Step 5 Make sure the chains are secure
Each of your chains came with a rubber loop with 4 metal hooks on it. On the outer-facing, hubcap side of your tire, you simply need to attach the metal hooks in a crisscross fashion. This will keep the chains from slipping.
Step 6 You’re good to go!
With your chains securely in place, you should be good to start driving with much greater traction on snowy and icy roads. Keep in mind, however, that while chains provide more security, they are still not a replacement for actual insurance. If you need insurance or have questions about car insurance, then head over specialists such as BrokerLink to help you find insurance solutions for your individual needs.
Step 7 Take the chains off
Snow chains should only be used for bad road conditions, so make sure to take them off when the weather clears up. Driving on pavement with snow chains will cause damage to your tires. To remove the chains, just follow steps 1-6 backwards. Unsecure them, unfasten them, drive off them, wipe them down, and store them!
Kevin Maddox has to drive the snowy roads of Canada daily for business purposes. An avid writer, he enjoys sharing his experiences with others on various blog sites.