Snow Chains

  • You can be fined for not carrying or fitting chains when directed. 
  • Requirements vary from area to area so get advice on local conditions and requirements.
  • They can be hired, but if you are planning to visit the snow regularly, it’s probably better to have your own set so you can practice fitting them at home before you set off.
  • To maximise their life, maintain them in accordance with their manufacturer’s instructions. 
  • At a minimum they should be cleaned of mud and road grime, completely dried and stored in their bag or box.

Using chains

  • Drive to the prevailing conditions. 
  • A maximum speed of about 40km/h is usually recommended. 
  • Ensure you know how to fit the chains properly as incorrectly fitted chains can damage the vehicle and tyres. 
  • Chains are generally fitted to the drive wheels. 
  • 4WD and AWD vehicles should have them fitted to the front wheels unless the vehicle manufacturer recommends otherwise. 
  • Note that some vehicles require chains to be fitted to all wheels, so it’s important to check the owner’s manual for recommendations.
  • Some vehicles, including some with low profile tyres, cannot be fitted with chains. Again, check the vehicle’s handbook for the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Chains wear quickly when used on bitumen so it’s important to avoid this where possible.