Winter Driving: Truck Driver Tips for Maximum Tire Chain Life

By Herb Moring Jan 12, 2016
Snow Chains

Winter is in full force, and that means snow and slippery roads. Mountain driving can become particularly challenging, necessitating tire chains to ensure safety on snow and ice. Here are tips for maximum tire chain life taken from Schneider’s 68-page Winter Survival Guide for truck drivers:

  • Chains should slowly rotate around the tire for proper operation.
  • Do not exceed speeds of 30 miles per hour. Speeds over 30 MPH will damage cross members and chains, and could damage tires.
  • Avoid prolonged use on bare pavement. The rollers will flatten and break the cross members.
  • Avoid spinning the tires or locking up the brakes.
  • The chains should be retightened periodically to assure maximum chain life.
  • Caution: Do not use a chain-tightening device. Tighteners will pull chains off center and prevent the chain from slowly rotating.

Schneider’s Winter Survival Guide also contains the steps for how to properly install tire chains; our tire chain policy and pickup/return locations; state and province tire chain placement charts; and laws for tire chain use for tractors and trailers. Before you chain up, be aware of and follow all tire chain laws.

Read more important winter driving tips for truckers.

Do you have any tips for installing tire chains or other advice for safe winter driving?

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Herb has been with Schneider since July 1992. He started as a driver and became a training engineer, earning his One Million Mile award in 2000. He trained at three Schneider locations: Charlotte, Atlanta and Green Bay, and then worked as a Customer Service Engineer in Dedicated, starting up new accounts. He is currently Load Engineer Manager for Van Truckload and Flatbed, a member of the Curriculum Development team for driver training and the caretaker of Vinny, Schneider’s vintage 1949 tractor.

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