General information on snow chains

1When are snow chains used?

In some regions, winter tyres are just not enough to counter the snowfall and ice on the roads. Which means: we must bring out snow chains.

Most of all, in mountainous regions or on a winter holiday, only snow chains can enable drivers to drive on the snow-covered roads. On some roads, especially in winter sports countries, snow chains are mandatory. This is shown using a round blue sign with a snow chain symbol, which indicates all vehicles on this road must have snow chains on at least two drive wheels.

Even in mushy and muddy regions, snow chains can be used as an aid for driving and it can facilitate moving forward.

If the driver is unable to move due to mushy or snow-covered roads, snow chains can also be used as traction aids. They greatly simplify making headway especially even in case of heavy duty vehicles such as trucks.

2What are the different types of snow chains?

Snow chains can be classified as rope chains, ring chains and fast assembly systems.

Rope chains can be bought at a reasonable price, but they might not necessarily be the best choice for rear wheel drive. Moreover, it is difficult to install these as the rear axle cannot be turned.

Ring chains are a little more expensive, easy to install and can also be used universally. They have a big advantage.

Quick assembly systems have a very good price-performance ratio. As the name suggests, these can be installed quickly and easily at the desired location on the wheel. This implies that an adapter must be fastened in advance on the wheel. It is best to do this before winter sets in so that the snow chains can be used whenever required. The quick assembly of snow chains is generally considered to be an extremely handy and simple technique which is easy to manage.

The snow chains which you can buy in our online shop are equipped with the quick assembly system.

3Should I take special care while driving with snow chains on tyres?

he snow chains on the tyres can cause difference in vehicle performance. Even the braking performance changes and can be delayed occasionally. We request you to exercise caution.

With snow chains, the maximum speed limit permitted is 50 km/h as a rule. Electronic systems such as TCS (traction control system) or EPS must be switched off to ensure maximum efficacy of the chains.

As soon as you can drive without snow chains, the snow chains must be removed without fail. Otherwise, it can cause wear and tear very quickly.

4What are traction aids and what is the difference compared to conventional snow chains?

Traction aids help overcome starting problems. They are cheaper compared to snow chains; they can be used in tyres of all sizes and can be installed very easily.

Traction aids are used for flat terrains, however, only for short stretches after which moving forward without snow chains is possible e.g. if the vehicle is stuck in a parking space.

Generally speaking: Traction aids are not considered to be as effective as full snow chains in many European winter regions. Therefore, you must revert to snow chains in winter regions due to legal reasons and most importantly for your own safety.