Tire chains are important to have if you’re driving where snowy or icy roads are a possibility. Even if you don’t regularly travel in wintry conditions, some states have DOT regulations requiring drivers to carry tire chains in their vehicle during winter months.
We offer two styles of snow chains from Pewag, a leader in chain manufacturing:
-Glacier chains offer durable traction in a lightweight design. The 6mm twist link penetrates snow and ice. They’re an economical choice to have on hand for emergency use.
-Premium chains in a 7mm square link design wear more than 4 times longer than conventional 6/0 twist link tire chains and provide 32% more traction. These are the best tire chains for more regular use.
Using tire chains when roads become packed with snow, ice, or heavy slush can provide added control behind the wheel. Even if conditions don’t often warrant putting tire chains on, it’s smart to always have some on hand. In fact, some states require that drivers keep tire chains in the truck in case winter weather makes roads difficult or dangerous for driving. Some states allow cables rather than chains, but more require traditional chains, since cables are generally less effective. If you’ll be traveling on a multi-state route, it’s a good idea to contact state Department of Transportation (DOT) offices for specific chain requirements. Snow chains on tires are legal for use in all states in the U.S.
The tire chains you choose should be based on how often you think you’ll use the chains. If you anticipate you’ll rarely need them but will be traveling in states that require chains to be present in your vehicle, a general, light-duty chain in a twist link style is a smart choice. If you think you will need to use chains during the winter, invest in a heavy-duty square-link style.
Whether you choose the light duty Glacier tire chains or the premium tire chains, both styles are from pewag- a worldwide leader in chain manufacturing. All of our Pewag tire chains come with a 90 day warranty and meet or exceed DOT and National Association of Chain Manufacturers (NACM) regulations. Both styles include a cloth bag for storage and lever handles for tightening.
Light-duty use: Glacier twist link chains Glacier tire chains from Pewag are designed for light duty use but don’t compromise on quality. The twist link design offers excellent traction in snow and ice, yet are still lightweight. Designed with a side cam to make installing quick and easy. Chains are hardened to meet NACM specifications, for quality you can count on.
Heavy-duty use: Pewag square link chains Our premium tire chains from Pewag feature a square link which provides more surface contact with the road for excellent traction and control. This unique design has been researched, developed and manufactured to outperform and outlast standard carbon steel twist link chains at a ratio of more than 4 to 1. The design also makes them reversible which eases installation hassles and extends the life of the chains. A cam-style side chain offers quick and easy installation. Pewag’s premium chains are manufactured in Austria and also feature TITANGrip® technology. TITANGrip® uses the highest alloy content, with 63 RHC tool-like hardness and a deeper case hardening at 6% for maximum wear.
Suggested Use Snow chains for tires are designed and manufactured for exact tire sizes so you won’t need to use extra spring or rubber tensioning devices to keep them tight. Precise sizing also reduces the chance that the chain will shift on the tire and slap fenders or other trailer parts. Because they are made specifically for tire sizes, it’s important to order the correct size.
Always try putting on your chains for the first time before you need to use them. It’s an easier task to tackle when the weather is fair and you have time to practice installation. Then when weather and road conditions are tough, you’ll already know how to install them.
Traction chains are designed for use only on surfaces covered with snow, ice, or heavy slush/mud- not for bare pavement. Driving on clear pavement will greatly increase the wear and tear on the chains, as well as the chance of failure. Driving speeds faster than 25 mph can also cause excessive wear on your tires.
Be sure to check your tire chains regularly for kinks or damage before you put them on the tires. Damage or kinks in the chain can put you at an increased risk for a violation, as well as cause additional damage to the chains and possibly your vehicle.
Cleaning and storing tire chains To extend the life of your tire chains, rinse them with water after use to remove road salt or sand and hang to dry. Spraying with an anti-corrosive coating is also a good idea to protect the metal. Once dry, they are safe to store. Be sure to inspect your chains regularly and replace bad links and worn spots as needed.