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How to Put Snow Chains On Your Tires

Categorized as Auto Accidents

The first thing you should know about putting snow chains on your tires is that it can be a frustrating process. It’s a good idea to practice putting them on in ideal weather conditions before you have to worry about it in the snow.

Remember, always pack your patience when driving in the snow.

Finding the Right Chains and Knowing Where to Put Them

While tire chains are adjustable, not every chain will fit every tire. It’s important to make sure you have the correct size before you purchase a pair of chains.

You will most likely only need to put chains on two of your tires. If your vehicle utilizes front-wheel drive, you’ll want to put the chains on your front tires. If your vehicle has rear-wheel drive, you’ll put the chains on the back. Additionally, if your vehicle has four-wheel or all-wheel drive, you’ll want to put the chains on the front tires so you have more traction for steering.

Applying the Chains

Follow these steps to properly install your tire chains:

  1. Straighten your wheels and set the parking brake.

  2. Drape the chains over the tires and tuck one end of the chains underneath the front wheels. Allow the excess slack to hang off the other end.

  3. Be sure the fasteners face away from the tire so that you’re able to connect them.

  4. Drive forward about 2-3 feet.

  5. At this point, your chains should be partially wrapped with both loose ends above the bottom of the wheel.

  6. Attach the chains together so they are fitted on the wheel. Tighten them as much as you can so they are snug against the rubber.

  7. Once both tire chains are properly installed, drive a few hundred feet to test them. Turn the steering wheel back and forth a few times. Get out of your car to make sure the chains are still tight. Chances are, they’ve loosened up a bit. Tighten them again and you’re ready to be on your way.

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