What are snow chains?
Snow chains can be fitted to your car tires to increase traction which improves grip when driving in snow and ice. They are also known as tyre chains or car chains. In the UK, they are particularly useful in rural areas where roads are not snow ploughed or gritted regularly in the winter. Elsewhere in Europe local laws may require snow chains to be carried and fitted, so always check these requirements before travelling abroad. Snow chains are sold in pairs and usually need to be fitted on the front wheels, depending on whether your vehicle has front or rear wheel drive.
It is important that your car chains are the right size for your tyres. Our range includes a wide selection of tyre chains suitable for Volvo, Audi, Mercedes, VW, Mini, Subaru and all other popular car brands. Simply enter your registration number above and the RAC will provide you with tyre chains recommended for the size of your vehicle. If you order your snow chains from the RAC Shop and find that they don't fit your tyres it's not a problem; we'll replace them free of charge.
How To Order
Snow chains are sold in pairs and generally are fitted to the front wheels of your vehicle. To order Just enter your registration number above and we will match up your vehicle with the snow chains that you require.
When you buy snow chains from the RAC shop you’re guaranteed great quality products that improve winter driving safety and are easy to fit. Your tyre chains will come with full fitting instructions and repair links, as well as a storage bag for when they’re not in use.
Snow chains are a popular safety measure among continental Europeans during the winter months. But how do they stack up in the UK? Though a fair amount of the main roads in the UK are regularly cleared or gritted, this doesn’t mean the more remote areas or side streets are up to standard. If you’re in an area that is likely to be problematic when it comes to snow or you’re planning a continental trip during the winter, snow chains could be a real saving grace. However, please do bear in mind that even though there is no specific legislation relating to snow chains in the UK, your tyres must remain suitable for the road they are being driven on so as not to damage it.
If you’re driving in continental Europe during the winter months, it’s important to know what the laws may be in a particular country. The RAC provides a comprehensive list of the most popular European countries and their legislation relating to winter tyres and snow chains.
Snow chains offer additional grip and traction when moving through snow and ice where standard tyres would struggle. Most of the snow chains that we supply are made from hardened steel making them suitable for even the toughest winters, are available in either 9mm or 16mm options and prices start from just £39.96 a pair. Be sure to use the Reg Checker or the 9mm lookup list to make sure we supply the right kind of snow chains for your car. Not only are snow chains suitable for cars but can be used on vans, 4x4’s, motorhomes and commercial vehicles too, use the 16mm lookup list to check suitability. We would also recommend checking the handbook for the vehicle for any exceptions. All snow chains are supplied with their own nylon bag for storage and a spring assisted tension system for easy fitting as well as a pair of protective gloves and repair links just in case.
When fitting snow chains, it’s important to make sure they’re fitted correctly to avoid damage, all snow chains are supplied with full fitting instructions. It’s also important to make sure you have enough clearance around the wheel, if there isn’t enough clearance, this could damage both your car and the road. The recommended clearance when using 9mm snow chains is the width of your forearm. If you don’t have the clearance needed to accommodate snow chains, snow socks could be a better option for you.
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