Keeping Your Car Tidy

Keeping Your Car Tidy

How To Install Snow Chains On Your Car Tires

by Dean Reyes

Snow chains are an alternative to snow tires and provide your vehicle with greater grip and traction in snowy and icy weather conditions. This makes it much easier for you to stop while driving in the winter, severely reducing the likelihood of an accident from occurring. Installing snow chains on your vehicle is a fairly simple process that only requires the right knowledge to do and can be done at home in just a few minutes.

Before You Begin

Ensure that the car is parked, with the parking brake on, in a flat, well lit area before you start working. This will reduce the risk of injury and make your job much easier to perform.

How to Install Snow Chains

  1. Straighten the snow chains out on the ground, removing any knots or clumps that may have formed.
  2. Fit the chains over the top of the tire, ensuring that the chains running across the tread of the tire are relatively straight. Pull the chain so that it covers all of the exposed tire that it can.
  3. Turn the car on and drive forward slightly, so that the bottom quarter of the tire that was previously in contact with the floor is now exposed.
  4. Connect the chains together so that they form a continuous loop around the entirety of the tire.
  5. Ensure that the chains don't have any slack, as this provides the best traction while on the road and prevents ice and snow from getting between the chains and the tires themselves. Make sure that the inner loop and the outer loop of the chain are the same tightness, as looseness can result in poor performance and misalignment of the chains over time.
  6. Repeat the above process for each respective tire, ensuring that the chains are all straight and securely connected.
  7. Take the car outside and drive for a few minutes, covering some distance in snowy or unideal weather. Return to a flat, dry, well lit location, and park the car.
  8. Check the chains on all four tires to ensure that they are still tightly connected and properly attached. Realign them as needed.

You have now successfully installed snow chains on your tires and are capable of tackling poor winter weather conditions in your vehicle. After every trip in ice or snow, check the chains once you've returned home to ensure that they are in good condition, and adjust them as necessary. You can also talk to a local auto shop or tire installation company, such as Accurate Tirecraft, for more information about snow chains or driving in the snow.


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Keeping Your Car Tidy

Do you have kids? If you do, then you know how impossible it can be to keep your car interiors in decent condition. Our four boys are constantly trying to smear things into the upholstery. However, by using a few clever tricks, my wife and I have been able to keep our cars in good shape. The goal of my website is to help other parents to care for their cars, so that they don't end up paying for pricy repairs later. Having kids isn't always easy, but by knowing how to keep them from destroying your ride, you might be able to avoid a few unplanned expenses.