Winter Driving Tips

Always read the owner’s manual and snow chain installation instructions carefully before installing snow chains. All winter traction products are subject to wear. They also break due to misfit, misapplication or misuse.


Traction coils will start to fragment after long use (especially on snow and ice-free pavement) and will start falling off the cross member. The snow chain can still be used, but should be replaced or repaired before too many traction coils have fallen off that the cable starts to hit the pavement. This usually happens when about 30% of the traction coils have fallen off the cable.


If a cross member should break, stop immediately and remove or replace the cross member/chain.


The smooth side of the chain (TIRE SIDE) must be on the tyre. DO NOT exceed speeds of 50 km/h. Avoid driving on snow free roads.


Avoid spinning the tires. Start slowly to maintain traction.


Avoid locking your brakes. The best braking technique for a vehicle without ABS is a pumping action.


Avoid quick maneuvers. Adjust your speed for winter driving conditions. Cornering and braking on snow and ice are the most dangerous conditions faced during winter driving.


After use, rinse your traction devices and spray them with an all-purpose lubricant before storing them. This will help retard rust and insure a longer product life.


Drive with foresight. Winter traction products increase available traction but they do not make you invincible.


Road driving and braking characteristics of your vehicle can be affected with installed snow chains (for example longer braking distance on snow-free roads.) Adapt your driving accordingly.


Remove wheel covers. Alloy wheels that protrude beyond the tyre sidewall might be scratched through the use of snow chains.