Frequently Asked Questions About Snow Tires and Snow Chains

Driving on snow and ice presents driving challenges, as they make the road slippery. Luckily there are a couple different options that you can use to help prevent your car from sliding when you are on the road. Those options are snow tires and snow chains. If you have never used them before, you may have questions about them. Here are some frequently asked questions about snow tires and snow chains.

What is the Difference Between Snow Tires and Snow Chains?
Both products help you to drive safely on icy roads and through the snow. Snow chains are added over your existing, everyday tires, though occasionally they can also be used in conjunction with snow tires. They can be easily removed when you no longer need the added traction they provide, making them ideal for someone who only temporarily needs extra traction or someone who lives in an area that doesn’t get much ice or snow. On the other hand, snow tires are used in place of regular tires. If you are driving on icy roads or through snowy conditions day in and day out during winter, these may be better for you.

Why Would I Need Snow Tires and Chains?
It is rare that someone would need to use both snow tires and chains, but it does occasionally happen. This is most likely to happen if you are traveling during a heavy snow storm or traveling in an area where the roads are not plowed regularly.

How Do I Install Them?
If you are using snow tires, you will want to allow a tire professional to install the tires for you to ensure they are mounted and installed correctly. You can install chains yourself, though it can be complicated and messy. In order to install chains, you have to lay the chains flat, and then drive your tire into the center of the flat chain. Once your tire is in the middle, you will need to roll the chain over the tire and secure it tightly around the tire with the latches on the chain. If you are unsure how to secure the chains, always attempt to attach them outside your home in regular conditions as it will be much easier to learn when it is dry and sunny out compared to attempting it for the first time when it is cold, snowy, and possibly dark.