How To Put on Tire Chains

With the winter season fast approaching, safety is of utmost importance. It is crucial to know how to prevent accidents on the road especially on snowy days. Driving on a road covered with thick snow and ice can be very dangerous. It is important that you put tire chains on your tires for maximum grip and traction. This is one way of preventing accidents from happening on the road. If you do not have a tire chain for your car, you can easily purchase one at Walmart at a reasonable price. Or you can also check out tire sales; they usually put them on sale as a package deal with the tires. Purchasing a snow chain only gets half the job done. You also have to put your chains on your tires. Spikes Spider is a popular choice among the consumers because of its easy installation. But if you cannot afford that, here are easy steps you can follow to put on your tire chains.

  1. Park your car safely away from traffic. It would be better if you do this on your garage. This way, you are away from bicycles, cars, or any form of vehicle, etc.
  2. Make sure that the chains are not twisted or tangled. Remember the side with cleats. This side should be faced up when it is installed. The chains are always mounted on the driving axle of the vehicle.  If you drive a front-wheel or a four-wheel drive vehicle, it is recommended that you mount the chains on the front wheels.  If you drive a rear-wheel drive vehicle, then mount the chains on the rear wheels.  You should never mount chains on all four tires. But if you have tractor tires or studded tires, you can forego in putting in chains on all of the four tires.
  3. Tractor with tire chainsDrape the chains slowly over the top of the tire and make sure that the chain’s middle section is on the tire’s top middle. Make sure to straighten up the chains and distribute them evenly over the tire and on both sides of the tire. Fit the chain around the tire securely; make sure that it is fitted properly.  If you bought the right size of chains for your tire, you wouldn’t have a problem with the chains being too tight or too loose.
  4. Secure the tire chains with the J-hooks, latches, and screws that were provided.  Secure the chains as tightly as possible along the sidewall by tying the loose ends along the sidewall with twist-ties or a length of bungee cord. Drive a short distance. Double check that the chains that you installed are tight enough or if you need to make last minute adjustments.
  5. Now repeat the process with the other driving wheel.

When driving with tire chains, it is important to keep in mind to always keep your speed limit below 30 miles per hour to allow the chains to properly grip the road.  Remember that safety is the first priority especially when driving.


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