For anyone planning on driving abroad on a skiing trip this winter, we’ve just come across an interesting little feature on the website onthesnow.com about motoring with chains on your tyres.
Chains can be a vital bit of motoring kit, because by fitting them over your car tyres you can achieve much better traction on snow and ice.
They also reduce your speed, but that’s not a bad thing considering you only need to fit them when conditions are really harsh.
According to onthesnow.com: “Drivers should make sure they have the right-size chains for the tyres on their vehicle, and put them in the boot. Also put a blanket or pad in the boot, to kneel or lie on when installing the chains. Have a flashlight, and a pair of gloves, as well. Practice putting on chains in dry conditions, before having to do it in the cold, snow, and dark.
“Chains give the best traction in snow, but are cumbersome, clunky, and can be difficult to put on. They are required on some vehicles on some roads that pass over mountain passes.
“Where chains are required, drivers must stop and put them on. In some places, drivers can find professional chain installers in areas where chains are required.
“The speed limit when chains are required is 25 to 30 mph.
“Drivers who choose the put on chains themselves should pull off the road completely, so they are not blocking traffic, or are in danger of being hit. They should also pull off the road completely when removing chains.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office