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Chaining Your Rig's Tires

As a trucker, there may be instances when changing the chains on your tires becomes necessary. Local laws may require certain types of chains, and you could also need them when driving over mountains in snow. Struggling with tire chains can slow you down, which is why every driver should learn how to put them on before they are  faced with doing so. Here are some hints that will help you whenever that time comes.

#1. Inspect the Chains

Lay the chains flat on the ground and inspect them for signs of damage or rust. Ensure the adjustment cams are facing outward, as this will make placing the chains much easier.

#2. Draping the Tire

Drape the chain evenly over the top of your tire. If using dual chains, you will need to fold one-half of the chain over your dual set of tires and then manually adjust the pair so that they are even.

You won't be able to cover your entire tire by draping the chain. Tuck any remaining chain underneath your tires as far as possible, and then drive forward until the entire surface is covered. Do not allow your tires to make more than one full turn.

#3. Securing the Chains

Once your tire is completely covered, hook the inside clip of the tire chains to secure them. Use an adjustable wrench to tighten the cams. This will remove slack and increase tension to help hold the chains in place. For added security, you may place a set of bungee straps or special tire straps as well.

#4. Make Readjustments

The initial tightening may not be enough to fully secure your chains. Accordingly, you should drive between 1/8 and 1/4 mile and then recheck and retighten as needed. When driving long distances with chains, it is also a good idea to inspect them at each stop.

Tire chains can improve your safety during inclement weather. For even more safety or maintenance tips, please contact us.

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