Winter is here and with it come the challenges of driving on snow-covered or icy roads. Many drivers wonder whether they should attach snow chains to their tires to improve traction and safety.
But are snow chains really useful or can they cause more harm than good? In this blog post we will discuss some important aspects about snow chains that you should know before you decide to use them or not.
WHAT ARE SNOW CHAINS AND HOW DO THEY WORK?
Snow chains are metal or plastic chains that are wrapped around the tires of a vehicle to increase the grip on slippery surfaces.
They enlarge the contact area between the tire and the ground and create more friction that prevents sliding. Snow chains can also help to shorten the braking distance and improve the steering behavior.
WHEN AND WHERE SHOULD YOU USE SNOW CHAINS?
Snow chains should only be used when the road conditions require it or when it is legally mandatory. In some countries or regions there are specific periods or zones where driving with snow chains is compulsory. In other cases it can be recommended or ordered by the police or the road authorities. You should always check the local regulations and traffic signs before you hit the road.
Snow chains should only be used on snow-covered or icy roads, never on dry or wet roads. Driving with snow chains on unsuitable surfaces can lead to damage to the tires, the chains or the pavement. Moreover, it can cause vibrations, noise and an unpleasant driving feeling.
HOW TO MOUNT SNOW CHAINS CORRECTLY?
The mounting of snow chains can vary depending on the type and model of the chains. You should always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and make sure that the chains are suitable for your tire size. In general, you should follow these steps:
HOW TO ADJUST YOUR SPEED WHEN DRIVING WITH SNOW CHAINS?
Driving with snow chains requires an adjustment of your speed and driving style. In general, you should follow these tips:
WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED TO CONSIDER WHEN DRIVING WITH SNOW CHAINS?
Besides adjusting your speed, there are some other points that you should consider when driving with snow chains:
Snow chains can be a useful friend if you have to drive on snow-covered or icy roads in winter. They can help you improve traction and safety and avoid accidents.
However, you should only use snow chains when necessary or required, and mount and adjust them correctly. Otherwise, snow chains can become a dangerous foe that damages your tires, your chains or the road surface and affects your driving experience.