What to Know About Snow Chains

About snow chains

Snow chain at the front wheel. Photographer: Devchonka. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Winter is the most dangerous season for automobiles and presents some of the most challenging road conditions. From the moment the temperature hits 7°C, the performance of a tire normally decreases making an accident on the road more likely. One way to help increase performance is to use snow chains for those icy road conditions.

Snow chains can make a world of difference when it comes to making it up that snow-covered road. Before you purchase chains for your vehicle, however, be sure to consider these points to ensure you get the right chains for you:

  • What is the size of chains required for your vehicle? The size corresponds to the thickness of the links. This information is important because some vehicles are too wide and the links can rub against your tires the wrong way.
  • What are the dimensions of your tires? Each chain model can be adapted to fit different vehicles and tire sizes. So you must meet the dimensions of your tires to choose the appropriate model. For best performance, it is recommended to use snow chains on winter tires.
  • What pattern string matches your usage and your vehicle? Snow chains will affect the handling of the vehicle. This is so the start, guiding and braking of the vehicle is more under control. There are different types of chains as well, however you want a chain that provides you with a comfortable ride and some reassurance that it’s designed to continuously be in contact with the road. This superior grip allows for use on snowy or icy roads.

Even the best car warranty is no match for protection on an icy road. Be sure you have snow chains should you be traveling in ice-prone territory this year.

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