How to Install Tire Chains

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If you live in a climate that gets a lot of snow, knowing how to install tire chains could save you from skidding off the road in the winter time. Tire chains give you better traction on ice and snow.

First, lay the chain out on the road and make sure it doesn’t have any kinks in it. Do this one tire at a time. Put your parking brake on so your car doesn’t roll away, and then hang the chains over the top of the tire. Tuck the ends under the tire so the chain will straighten out when you drive over it.

Carefully drive the car forward just enough to expose the remaining quarter of the wheel that you haven’t put the chains on yet. The tire chains have hooked edges you attach together. Hook together the inside chains near the tire axel and then the outside chains. You can use a chain tightening tool or bungee cord to make the chains tighter. Make sure the chains are aligned properly—if the inside is tight but the outside is loose, they’re not aligned right.

Repeat with the other four tires, and you’re done!

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