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Do you put chains on front or rear tires?

Sep 8th 2023

The placement of tire chains depends on the type of vehicle you have and the road conditions.

  • Front-wheel drive vehicles should put chains on the front tires. This is because the front tires are responsible for steering and braking. If the front tires lose traction, it can be difficult to steer and stop the vehicle.
  • Rear-wheel drive vehicles should put chains on the rear tires. This is because the rear tires are responsible for providing power to the vehicle. If the rear tires lose traction, it can be difficult to accelerate and maintain control of the vehicle.
  • All-wheel drive vehicles can put chains on the front, rear, or all four tires. This depends on the severity of the road conditions and the type of all-wheel drive system the vehicle has. If the all-wheel drive system is designed to distribute power to all four wheels, even when the vehicle is not moving, then it may be necessary to put chains on all four tires. However, if the all-wheel drive system only distributes power to all four wheels when the vehicle is moving, then it may be possible to get away with putting chains on just the front or rear tires.

It is important to check the laws in your area to see if there are any requirements for using tire chains. Some states require all vehicles to carry tire chains when traveling in certain areas, even if they are not currently being used. Other states only require vehicles with certain types of tires to carry tire chains.

If you are not sure whether you need tire chains, it is always best to err on the side of caution and carry them. They can be a lifesaver in slippery conditions.

Here are some additional tips for driving in snowy or icy conditions:

  • Slow down and leave plenty of space between you and the car in front of you.
  • Be prepared to stop suddenly.
  • Avoid sudden acceleration and braking.
  • Use your headlights and turn signals.
  • Be aware of black ice, which is a thin layer of ice that is difficult to see.
  • If you get stuck, don't try to dig yourself out. Call for help.