Snow chains, or tire chains, are devices fitted to the tires of vehicles to provide maximum traction when driving through snow and ice.
Snow chains attach to the drive wheels of a vehicle or special systems deploy chains which swing under the tires automatically. Although named after steel chain, snow chains may be made of other materials and in a variety of patterns and strengths. Chains are usually sold in pairs and often must be purchased to match a particular tire size, although some designs can be adjusted to fit various sizes of tire. Driving with chains reduces fuel efficiency, and can reduce the allowable speed of the automobile to approximately 50 km/h, but increase traction and braking on snowy or icy surfaces. Some regions require chains to be used under some weather conditions, but other areas prohibit the use of chains, as they can deteriorate road surfaces.
Snow chains are often some of the best tools for those who need to drive in poor weather conditions. While there are plenty of different reasons to use snow chains, these are some of the major benefits.
Snow chains are not meant to be used in lighter amounts of snow, or in conditions with nothing but snow. The tire chains may not provide the same traction that simple all-weather, winter weather tires may provide. Snow chains are meant for conditions that are somewhat mixed with ice. They will be able to provide the traction that you cannot get with a normal tire on ice.
The major benefit of snow chains comes in the form of their power. Tire chains in snow are actually perfect for the ice that may be on the ground. The chains have the power and strength to break through the ice thanks to the weight of the vehicle. This makes ice less slippery and more manageable.
One of the most difficult parts of winter weather driving is the art of the turn. It can be easy to drive safely in straight lines, but can be difficult to keep traction while getting into and coming out of a turn. Snow chains help to give you the grip that you need to safely get through turns. While you may not be able to take turns as fast as you would like, you will be able to make them safely.
You do not need snow chains and tire chains to be able to get around on the roads during winter weather. These tools simply make it easier for you to drive around, as it cuts down your driving time. You will be able to drive faster than you would with normal tires, as the chains give you more traction.