How to Put On Snow Chains

Snow fall may be the most scenic weather but your car it demands a lot attention during snow time. To enjoy a smooth drive even in rough and slippery snow fall, snow chains are necessary.


  • Snow chains provide superior traction on snow and ice.
  • Snow chains help the tires to grip better.
  • Also they improve the brake control in slippery snow condition.

Four Wheel Drive: Four wheel vehicles need snow chains on all four wheels. If you have only one pair, put on the rear wheels. However, when placed on the front wheels its beneficial for brakes and steering.
Front Wheel Drive: For front wheel powered cars the snow chains on the front tires are apt.
Rear Wheel Drive: For rear wheeled vehicles, including sports cars and pick-up trucks, the chains are placed on the rear tires.

You may also consider the cost and ease of installing them. However, there are few other factors to be taken care of when picking snow chains:

  • Comfort level of ride
  • Noise made while driving
  • Vibration while driving


Diamond Pattern Chains

  • Lay the chain on the ground behind the tire so they are spread flat on the ground. Position the two ends where you can reach them in front of the tire.
  • Lift the two ends up and around the front of the tire and connect them near the top of the sidewall.
  • Pull the chain over the tread so it’s centered and covering the entire the tire.
  • Connect the chain to the ratchet and tighten.
  • Move the vehicle a few feet and tighten the chains if necessary.

Cable Chains

  • Drape the chains over the top of the tire so they are centered and hanging down over the tread.
  • Tuck one end of the chains under the front of the tire.
  • Drive the car forward about 1 foot and turn off the engine.
  • Pull the chain under the tire up to the other end of the chain and hook it together.
  • Tighten the cables if there is any slack. Move the vehicle at least 15 feet and tighten the chains if necessary.


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