While winter has yet again passed, springtime is here, and depending on where you are, that could mean that major snowstorms are still possible. Even if snow is not a possibility in the near future, it’s important to be prepared when it does come. If you’re in extremely snowy conditions and you don’t have four-wheel-drive, all-wheel-drive, or good snow tires, then putting on a set of snow chains on your car tires is probably your best bet when it comes to navigating harsh snowy roads.

At Wholesale Tire Inc., we encourage you to be as safe as possible on the roads. Road safety starts with having good contact with the ground via your tires, or in an extremely snowy or icy setting, snow chains. We’re going to briefly go over how snow chains work and the benefits that they can provide you when you’re caught in a less-than-ideal situation. Let’s take a look.

What They Are

As the name suggest, snow chains, or tire chains, are any system of chain that’s designed to cover a tire or wheel setup in order to offer better traction in snowy or icy conditions. Several snow chain designs exist, from simple wrap-around tire chains to chains that only cover the tread pattern of a tire while being mounted to the outside of a wheel. Most snow chains are sold in pairs because you obviously want to have them on more than one tire.

How They Work

Essentially, snow chains are able to dig into frozen surfaces much, much better than even a quality snow tire can. Even studded snow tires don’t have the same ability to maintain steering, braking and overall control of the vehicle like snow chains can. By getting a good grip on the road, this allows the free rotation of the wheels, and also prevents any skidding from occurring. Safety first!

Common Failures

Unfortunately, snow chains don’t always perform as intended, especially if they are used incorrectly. Common chain failures on car tires include:

-Accelerating too rapidly, causing tire spin and stress on the chains

-Driving on dry roads with chains for an extended period of time

-Driving too fast with chains, exceeding the recommended 20-30 mph maximum speed

-Installing chains on non-drive wheels

-Not securing chains tightly enough

Good Candidates For Snow Chains

Snow chains cannot necessarily be used with every single tire on the market. Ideally, quality snow tires, as well as mud and snow (M+S) tires, are excellent when combined with the power of snow chains. Soft, durable compound and siped tread blocks, or treads with small grooves in them, allow for the tires and chains to work very well together, giving you the best traction in inclement weather and on frozen roadways. Nearly all major tire manufacturers carry great snow tires and other tires that pair well with snow chains, but to be safe, we recommend consulting with your local tire experts at Wholesale Tire Inc. before going forward with a decision.

We find that people often take the convenience of driving for granted, and it’s important to be as safe as possible on the roads. Having good traction and grip on the road is essential for road safety, whether you’re on a short grocery run or a road trip across the country. If you’re looking to get the best automotive tires and wholesale tires in Kentucky or the surrounding area through our tire center, contact Wholesale Tire Inc. today!

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