With snow on the way, tire chains are a must. Here are some pointers

In several SoCal mountains, tire-chain laws will be in effect due to the upcoming snowy holiday week. Roadside installers will install the best $25-$75 you’ll ever pay. However, if you’re in a pinch, you should be able to do it yourself. If you’re not familiar with the procedure, “pinch” could be a better word. A video primer is beneficial.

Here’s a refresher on the subject.

  • Make sure the chains fit. Using the incorrect set of chains might cause tire and suspension damage.
  • Consider cable versions of chains if you’re buying them. They’re frequently easier to work with.
  • Using the owner’s manual as a guide, determine whether the chains should be placed on the front or back tires. Your mechanic, too, is capable (the orientation of the engine gives it away).
  • Make time to practice at home. Lay the chains or cables out in the driveway and practice when the weather is dry and comfortable.
  • Put on your gloves. A simple pair of water-resistant gardening gloves will suffice.
  • Make sure that all of the loops and cables are facing the same way. A twisted link can cause a broken link.
  • Drive a few feet — then retighten the chains after they’ve been placed and tightened.

How to Drive a Chain Vehicle

  • Les Schwab, a tire supplier, suggests listening for “a loud sound of slapping, or metal against metal.” To avoid damage, come to a halt as quickly as feasible.
  • Most manufacturers and road safety experts agree that the maximum speed with chains is 25 mph.
  • To avoid skids or spinouts, gradually brake and accelerate.
  • Remove the chains once you’re on dry pavement.

If you become stranded in the snow,

  • The auto club advises you to stay with your vehicle if you become stranded. This will help rescuers find you.
  • Tie a brightly colored fabric to the antenna or a rolled-up window to signify trouble.
  • At night, leave the dome light on. It just consumes a minimal quantity of electricity and makes rescuers’ jobs easier.

I’ll locate you.

To avoid dangerous carbon monoxide from seeping into the car, clear the exhaust pipe of snow, ice, or mud.

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