Despite the massive Winter storm hitting the Sierra Nevada mountains, some are still braving through.
However, Cal Trans has several chain control levels drivers must follow in order drive through safely. Those chain requirements are available on the Cal Trans website.
It can be a frustrating situation if you’ve never put chains on your vehicle before and have to do it in the snow.
Geoff Bodle is the owner of Sierra Nevada Tire in Placerville and explains how to properly install chains.
First, you’ll want to install the chains on the tires of the axle that has power:
- If you’re car is rear-wheel drive, install them on the rear wheels.
- If you’re car has front-wheel drive, install them on the front wheels
- If you have an all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive vehicle, then install them on the front tires.
Start by laying the chains flat and directly in front of the tire you are planning to install them on. After this you'll drive up onto the chains., and pull both ends of the chains together and clasp the notches on each side of your tire.
The notches should fit snug and even on both sides of the tire, because if they are loose they can fall off. Then you’ll take your tightener and clamp it around the outside of the tire.
It’s important not to drive over 25 miles per hour with chains on. Also, do not drive on pavement. If you do either, it runs the risk of the chains breaking off and getting wrapped around your axle; which could cause severe damage to your vehicle and leave you stranded.
If you are not comfortable with putting the chains on yourself, there are typically chain installers in the area. It will cost you around $30 to put them on and another $15 to take them off.