How to fit snow chains to road tyres

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How to fit snow chains to road tyres

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Fitting snow chains on your car doesn’t have to be difficult. This article goes through all the steps necessary to install snow chains on your tires for driving in winter weather.


Lay the chains out in front of you and practice hooking them together before attempting this under the car where it will be cold, snowy and dark.


Drive the car onto the chains by slowly and carefully rolling over the edge. Stop when you have the connecting part of the chains just in front of the tire when the wheels stop so you can adjust them.


Wrap the chains over the drive wheel of the car. Place any hooks facing outward from the rubber.


Connect the chains. Starting from the inner part of the tire (near the tire axle), connect the two hooked edges. Do the same on the outside, portion of the tires.


Ensure that the inner and outer connections of the chains are in rough alignment. In other words if the inner portion of the chain is tight, but the outside is loose, you will need to align them.


Drive 1/4 mile (1/2 km) and re-tighten the chains. If you are using link unit chains (see photos), do not use any chain tightening tools. Some traditional chains can be tightened with a link tightening tool.


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