Deep snow, icy roads and steep mountainous terrain require more than just tires in good condition to maneuver, but in some areas tire chains are a requirement, as well as meant for protection. Even the most skilled driver will face difficulty attempting to maneuver up and down icy mountains or deep now covered roads that have not been cleared. Although, applying the tire chains is not an uncomplicated task, once you have put the chains on once, you will find it easier later and you will be prepared to safely drive over icy and snow covered mountain roadways. Your local car repair and parts shop can help you to purchase the appropriate size of tire chains and even help you to put them on your car. Just remember that if you live in or are planning to visit these types of terrains, preparation is key to your car care and safety.
If you can not get any assistance from your local car repair shop for putting the tire chains on your car, after you are certain that you have the correct size for your particular tire size, you can place the chains on the car yourself following the steps below. (Be sure not to use chains that are too mall or too big, or this could case serious damage to your car and result in unsafe driving on treacherous terrain.)
Choose an empty area, out of traffic such as a parking lot. Take out the chains. Lay the chains near the tires on which you will use them.
Put the parking brake on and put the chains on the tires, starting from the top. The part of the tire that is touching the ground, clearly, can not be covered with the chain. Just put the chains on the best that you can at this point. Depending on the type of tire chains that you purchased, several chains come equipped with rings that will later help to direct the chains into the proper position. Follow the steps above for all chains.
After you are certain that the chains are properly on the parts of the tires that are exposed and not touching the ground, Drive your car forward about 12 inches or so, enough to access the part of the tires that were previously touching the ground and inaccessible. Put the parking brake on once more. And now you can secure the chains on the areas of the tires that were unexposed. Now you can drive confidently on snow and icy mountainous terrain, confident that you have given your car adequate safety and car care. But begin driving slowly, as the drive will be rough and bumpy from the chains.
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