Tire chains (also called snow chains) are the type of chain which is used to fix on new and used tires of vehicles to prevent them from unnecessary sliding while driving on snowy roads or surfaces. They provide superior traction while driving in snowfall. These chains are usually in solid pairs and are available according to tire sizes (diameter and tread width). One more benefit of these chains is that they reduce fuel efficiency and can keep your vehicle limited at the speed of 50 km/h (approx).
Generally, tire chains have 3 types which are diamond, cable and link chains. A tire chain called diamond due to its distinctive diamond-shaped metal strands. Cable type chain consists of a sequence of straight metal strips which run against the face of the tire horizontally. Link version of tire chains contains the combination of cable and diamond chain styles that also against the tire’s face horizontally.
The use of tire chains around the world has proper law which varies from state to state and occasionally from city to city. In general condition, tire chains must be in good working order and free from faults and defects, closing mechanisms of chains must not be loose or broken otherwise it will cause accidents or serious damage. Tire chains can also damage road surfaces or become damaged by the hard asphalt. So for new or used tires, always used tire chains in snowfall only and while purchasing, check clearly the quality of these chains.