Snow Chains

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Traveling with chains on board does not only mean being in a position to face driving on a snowy or icy road surface, thus ensuring maximum safety for the driver and passengers. It also means complying with legal obligations, given that there are many road sections (not exclusively motorways) where transit is allowed only with chains on board. All this to make the circulation of motor vehicles on the asphalt easier and safer, because of the unfavorable weather conditions. Invented at the beginning of the 20th century, the chains, with their characteristic metallic links, maintain a high grip and good grip even when the flakes fall copiously. If the car does not slip in poor grip conditions on the asphalt, the merit is the weight that the vehicle exerts on the chain links: the latter effectively penetrate into snow or ice and offer the tire optimum support on the road surface.

What is there to know about snow chains?

Very wide is the range of snow chains nowadays available to those who must drive a vehicle in adverse weather conditions. There are traditional chains with internal cable and easy-to-install self-tensioning models are available, as they do not require - after their positioning - further interventions by the motorist. There are also more advanced types that do not interfere with elements inside the tire and that are equipped with automatic coupling. Based on the geometric design of the links, the distinction is made between lozenge and Y-links. In the former, the links of the chain are joined together in rhombuses, while in the latter the links have elements arranged radially with respect to the wheel and they leave a Y-shaped imprint on the ground. Front-mounted chains are particularly suitable for frequent use and, if long journeys are made, it is good to choose diamond-shaped chains of at least 10 mm. If the journeys are short and if the snowfalls are rare, it is sufficient to opt for a traditional model. To avoid that the too thin meshes adversely affect the adhesion on the snow, their thickness must not however be less than 9 mm. Chains must always be mounted on the drive wheels and must be removed as soon as the road begins to be cleaned. In concrete terms, they must be positioned in front of front-wheel drive cars, rear-wheel drive cars and on all wheels for 4x4 four-wheel drive cars. The speed limit with mounted chains is 50 kilometers per hour. Finally, it must be approved chains: the homologation, in fact, guarantees that we find ourselves in the presence of accessories that meet the safety and performance requirements that are indispensable for driving on snowy roads.

How to choose chains?

- Regarding the compatibility with your own car, consult the use and maintenance manual of the car to check which chains with section links are appropriate to the type of vehicle you have

- Check the measurements of your tires and make sure the chains you want to buy are the correct size