Snow Chains, Snow Socks & Tyre Grip "IN A TIN"
What snow chains should I use for my vehicle?
We offer a full range of snow chains to suit all vehicles. Our budget range are perfect for getting you out of trouble, both here and abroad, and meet all legal requirements when driving in Europe and on mountain roads. The premium range of snow chains offer all our budget snow chains offer, as well as having an automatic tensioning system. Our premium range of snow chains are more hardwearing, are made of high tensile steel and carry a 5 year warranty. We also sell snow socks; a textile 'sock' that wraps around the wheel to give increased grip in snowy conditions. They are very easy to fit and are a great solution for local use.
My vehicle has limited clearance – can I still use snow chains?
Some vehicles have very little space between the wheel and the suspension of the vehicle which means the chains could come into contact with the bodywork, braking systems or suspension with serious consequences. It is possible to check if your vehicle has a clearance problem by placing your hand on top of the wheel. You need to be able to fit your hand between the wheel and the suspension of the vehicle. A standard car snow chain has a 9mm protrusion and so there needs to a gap of about 15mm. When it is not possible to fit a standard snow chain we have various options to help. The Thule K-Summit snow chain requires no clearance around the back of wheel as it fixes to the wheel nut on the outside of the wheel, making it suitable for the most affected vehicles. We also have a 7mm chain which has been specially designed for cars with clearance problems. A snow sock is another solution; a textile cover that wraps over the wheel to give improved grip on snow covered roads. The traction given by a snow sock is not as good as that of a snow chain meaning they do not meet legal requirements on European roads.
Some 4x4 vehicles also have clearance problems and again the Thule K-Summit offers a very comprehensive solution. The XG12Pro snow chain can be used on some vehicles as it protrudes 12mm off the wheel, compared to the standard 4x4 snow chain protrusion of 16mm.