Driving on a snow road can be quite dangerous, regardless of whether you are an experienced driver or a newbie. Or, you head up to a mountain, and you are not aware that a storm is approaching. Then, you find a road sign that chains are required ahead.
You cannot ignore or bypass the necessity for chain control. If your vehicle cannot make it over icy and snowy roads safely, you cannot force it. Otherwise, you will be in trouble. To deal with ice and snow or extreme road situations, you can consider putting tire chains.
Here are the most fundamental facts you need to know about tire chains, also known as snow chains, and how to put them on correctly.
- Pullover your car in a safe area on the side of the road.
- Next, straighten the car wheels and lock the parking brake.
- When you are sure that your car is in the right place and you accomplished the second step, you can untangle the chains. Make sure that they are laid flat on the ground.
- Look for the instruction sheet (usually in plastic). It comes along with the chains. You can also kneel if it is more comfortable to work in this position.
- Put the tire chains on top of the tires. See to it that they are placed at the center.
- Then, clasp the clamp or hook (attachment system) on the external part of your tires, facing towards you. Tighten them well as per instructions for the chains.
- You can also roll your vehicle forward to secure it entirely. However, it depends on the type of tire chain you have.
- Once the chains are on, try driving your car. Then, you can stop to check that they are snug and you have locked them properly.
A Few Tips to Consider
- Check if the tire chains are allowed in the place of your destination. Contact the local authority to determine rules and regulations about this matter.
- Purchase the most appropriate and best quality of chains. Make sure that they are perfect for the weight of your car. If they are not sturdy enough, they may cause damage. See to it that these chains do not have rough edges because they may damage your tires.
- Follow the chain manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
- Do not drive on any broken chain. Stop the car immediately once you learned that a chain breaks or falls off. Fix and/or reattach the chains if possible.
- Never use these chains on a clear road. Once you have cleared the snow, pull out the tire chains. They can destroy the car tires if they run on the normal surface of the road.
Many chain-controlled checkpoints require driving a four-wheel-drive car with proper chains or snow tires. Some states also require, by law, that drivers must carry snow chains in their vehicles if they drive in snow countries regardless of the kind of vehicle they have.
Putting on tire chains can be done alone, and drivers who often go to snow countries must learn how to do so. Knowing about the road safety and regulations in your area of destination will keep you away from facing problems along the way.