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How to choose the right snow chains
This is the series of numbers and letters printed on the side of every tire.On most modern tires, the tire size will look like this: P205/70-14.This example indicates that the tire is 205mm wide, has an aspect ratio of 70% and is mounted on a wheel whose diameter is 14 inches. All of these numbers are critical in helping you to find the traction products that will nt your tire.

SPECIAL NOTE:It is always necessary to pre-fit your chains to your tire and vehicle before you actually need to use them. Individual tire manufacturers use different molds for the same numerical tire size. This can cause a variance in the dinlensions of as much as 7% from one brand to another.

The vehiclels drive tires are the tires on which snow chains should be
installed. On vehicles with front-wheel drive this would be the two
front tires and on vehicles with rear wheel drive this would be the rear
tires. If youlre not sure which type of drive systenl you have, check
the vehicle ownerls manual. Also, if you have a four-wheel drive or
all-wheel drive vehicle and only intend to chain up two tires, always
check the ownerls manual for advice on which axle to chain up. To
alleviate confusion and retain as much of the normal handling char-
acteristics of your 4WD/ AWD as possible, install traction devices on
all four tires.

Under nornlal driving conditions, a vehicle has about the same amount of traction at each wheel, creating a feeling of "normal" control during braking, acceleration and cornering. Under snow and ice conditions this balance is destroyed. If snow chains are installed only on the front tires, the rear of the vehicle can swing during braking and driving. If snow chains are only installed on the rear tires, the steering ability of the vehicle is limited. To get this balance back, the vehicle should
be conlpletely equipped with snow chains. Remember that traction devices are sold in pairs. Therefore, if you want to cover both axles (all four tires) on the vehicle, you must purchase two pairs.


Many people think that ABS systems are an alternative to traction devices. Not true. ABS is a great advantage in helping drivers maintain vehicle control, but itls only purpose is to "manage" the vehiclels available traction more effciently than a conventional braking system. When snow chains are mounted correctly, stopping traction for the ABS system to manage is actually increased .


Four-wheel drive vehicles definitely need to use snow chains to maintain control. Although four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicles have a greater ability to go than vehicles with a conventional drive system, they do not have a greater ability to stop under winter driving conditions.


Emergency chains are designed for emergency useonly! Emergency chains are not designed for any continuous driving. Another restriction of use is that these types of products can only be used with slotted wheels. In addition, we always recommend the use of at least one pair per drive tire, mounted opposite of each other. The purpose of these devices is only to get the vehicle UN-stuck from a parking lot, driveway, side street, etc. Emergency chains should be removed before continuous driving.


With some vehicles, it is possible, to slow down and get by when driving on fresh snow, even without the aid of a winter traction device. However, packed snow or ice is a different situation. Under those conditions all vehicles are either parked, safely equipped with a traction device or out of control.


*Before beginning your trip, know the current road conditions and the weather forecast for the areas that you will be traveling.

*Be prepared for changing conditions during your trip. Keep an emergency winter driving kit in your car consisting of blankets, water, high energy snacks, highway waming devices, a flashlight and fresh ba8eries.

*Be aware of potentially dangerous icy areas such as shady spots and bridges and overpasses. Slow down in these areas as ice is sometimes invisible.

*Always keep your car"s windows, mirrors and lights clear of snow and ice.

*Keep a safe distance behind other vehicles, especially plows and sanding trucks. Remember that stopping distances are doubled or tripled on snow or ice. Never pass a snowplow or sanding truck as they throw gravel that could damage your vehicle.

*Do not leave your vehicle parked along the roadside where it could hit by other vehicles or snowplows who can not see it when snow accumulates and covers your vehicle from view. This is more likely with a lighter
colored vehicle.

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