January 17, 2017 at 1:17 PM
We are fast approaching that time of year when the roads become slippery with snow and ice. If you are considering using snow chains for your car, then we have a quick guide on when to fit them and how to fit them.
Will snow chains be suitable for my car?
It is very important that you use the correct size of snow chain for your make and model of car. This is because when you add a snow chain, it makes the tyre wider, and this may effect the movement of the wheel. Ill fitting snow chains can also hinder the performance of breaking and the car's suspension. What you are best dong is checking your car's handbook, which will state if you can use snow chains and more importantly what size to use.
When should I use snow chains?
It is very important that snow chains are only used on roads with compacted snow and ice. Once you reach a road that is clear of ice and snow, or which has been gritted, as most major UK roads are gritted, then you must stop and remove the snow chains. Failure to do so will result in both damage to your car and the road.
How to fit snow chains
Many drivers worry about fitting snow chains, but there really is little to worry about. Below we offer a step by step guide.
1. Make sure that the car is in gear and that the break is on.
2. Taking hold of the snow chain, apply it to the top of the tyre, allowing it to fall downwards, covering the wheel. Many chains also have small rings that help you attach them to the inner part of the wheel, this does make the process much easier.
3. Make sure that three quarters of the tyre is covered safely, obviously you can't cover the part that is touching the road.
4. Do the same for other tyres.
5. When both chains are securely on, you then need to drive the car slowly forward by no more than a metre, so that you can expose the part of the wheel that is not covered by the snow chain.
6. Once again, apply the car's brake.
7. Finish attaching the snow chain. Ensure that the chain is tightly fastened.
8. Drive forwards by 30 metres and then re-check that the snow chains are tightly fastened, with no slackening.
9. Be sure to test out the tyres before you set out on a long journey.
As already mentioned, if you do hit a stretch of road, where you no longer need the snow chains, then you must remove them. This once again is very easy. Simply reverse the above instructions. Safe driving!