Winter Storm Ferus is expected to dump plenty of snow on the West and Northern Plains this week, so now is a good time to review how to properly install snow chains.
New fleet drivers who grew up in San Diego or Miami, for example, may not have much experience installing snow chains. It’s important they get that practice in the safe confines of the company parking lot or garage before heading out on a winter road trip where they might encounter snowy conditions.
The Oregon Department of Transportation offers these tips on chaining up and driving with chains:
- Check your vehicle operator’s manual for the right type and size of chains to use. Then follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions.
- Ensure chains are the proper size. Don’t deflate tires to install chains.
- Don’t wait until you lose control of your vehicle before chaining up.
- Pull over to a safe and level area to mount or remove chains.
- Carry a waterproof tarp or plastic sheet to help keep you dry.
- Keep children and pets safe in your vehicle to avoid distraction and injury.
- Pull over in a safe place and retighten your tire chains after you have driven a short distance.
- Pull over and stop immediately if any part of your chain fails or comes loose.
- Don’t drive faster than 30 miles per hour when using chains. Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Avoid spinning or locking your wheels.
- Remember, you can slide even with chains, so drive carefully and slowly.
To view an Edmunds.com video on installing snow chains, click on the photo or link below the headline. But remember, drivers must consult the vehicle owner’s manual to make certain they’re using the right procedure and snow chains for their particular vehicle model.