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Best Place To Buy Tire Chains

Tire chains and cables are devices that improve traction in snow and ice. Chains provide better traction than cables, however cables are easier to install; both are acceptable under the law for most vehicles. Tire socks are also acceptable. Plastic devices, straps, and other emergency or alternative "tire chains" do not meet the legal requirement.

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You can purchase chains or cables at most auto parts stores and gas stations, particularly in communities surrounding Yosemite National Park. A limited selection of chains is available for purchase at the Village Garage in Yosemite Valley and the Wawona gas station. Be sure to purchase chains or cables that match your tire size.

An alternative to using tire chains is to park your car at a YARTS bus stop on Highway 140 outside Yosemite (e.g., Mariposa or El Portal, depending on current chain control location), and use YARTS (which requires a fee) to travel into and out of Yosemite.

You must have tire chains or cables in your possession when entering a designated chain control area, even if you're driving a four-wheel drive or rental vehicle. (Designation is by a sign that says "chains required.") If you're driving a vehicle that doesn't allow tire chains, consider using YARTS to travel into Yosemite.

Conditions dictate when chains are required, therefore, it's not possible to predict if chains will be required ahead of time. We strongly recommend that you have chains when visiting Yosemite from November through March (chain requirements may be in place on occasion as early as September or as late as May); conditions can change rapidly and chains can become required at any time.

When you encounter a chain control sign that indicates chains are required for your vehicle, pull completely off the road into the turnout and put on your chains. Chain control signs are at the best locations for putting on chains. Put your chains on there, not further down the road, where it may be unsafe.

An alternative to using tire chains is to park your car on Highway 140 outside Yosemite, before you encounter any chain controls (the location of which varies based on conditions), at a YARTS bus stop and use YARTS to travel into and out of Yosemite (fee required).

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Here is one idea: Perhaps you can purchase chains at a Walmart on your eastbound journey; there are several stores in Sacramento. Be sure this is a Walmart with a tire/auto section and that another store can take the chains back if unused. Then there is a Walmart in Tracy on the return route.

4 wheel drive only means you get traction on 4 wheels for driving, not stopping. It is your tires that contact the snow and ice. If the tires skid and slide, 4 wheel drive is useless, unless you have studded tires on all 4 wheels and/or chains. Stopping is the real problem, and 4 wheel drive has no relationship to stopping; that is what kind of traction devices you have. People with real snow/ice experience know this. The very best vehicle for snow/ice driving was the old VW Beetle(rear engine, rear wheel drive)with studded snow tires. Chuck...

Jessiju, it's best not to worry about it before your trip. Just have the chains for when you are required to put them on, keep an eye on the road conditions and pay attention to the feel of the vehicle on the road. Many accidents I see here (both on the highway and in mountainous areas) are due to people driving the speed limit or much faster when the road conditions warrant slowing down enough to see what's coming up. It doesn't mean you have to go super-slow, just don't speed when you aren't even feeling the tires grip the road.

Of course, the ultimate goal is safe winter travel in all conditions, and buying the best snow chains available for your vehicle is an excellent way to ensure this. If you are new to purchasing tire chains, be sure to check out the buying guide and FAQ toward the end of this article.

Like any other piece of outdoor gear, the closer you are to purchasing, the more little details emerge that differentiate one product from the next. Choosing the best snow chains for your specific situation is especially important. It can spell the difference between a safe commute and getting into an accident on an icy road.

Many modern, higher-end chains on the market offer self-tensioning technology, which can help the installation process. As the vehicle moves and the tires rotate, self-tensioning chains will center and adjust with built-in ratchets.

Many premium tire chains include an automatic release. If you drive over big mountain passes with variable snow conditions or cover many miles that may require chains, the automatic release function can be beneficial.

Like all pieces of outdoor gear, the correct answer is usually personal. Examining differences in things like material, link patterns, weight, style, and price allows you to make the most informed decision regarding the best snow chains for your situation.

Several alternatives to snow chains might work best for your vehicle, lifestyle, and the degree of winter conditions you expect to encounter. Tire straps are an easy-to-use traction device over snow chains. They strap on similarly to snow chains but have more flexibility. Appropriate for cars, crossovers, and other small to medium-sized vehicles. Install them over the tires when you travel in snow or need extra traction on muddy, sandy, or rocky terrain.

Further, some vehicle manufacturers strongly suggest drivers do not use snow chains on certain models of vehicles. This is often an issue with low tire clearance, and snow socks can be a good remedy for this. They may not provide the same level of traction as metal chains, but snow socks are better than nothing for cars that cannot safely handle the increased volume created by chains.

As your trip approaches, the most important resource to have is the road conditions hotline. Rangers update the information on this recording in real-time as conditions change, so it is the most up-to-date resource available. The recording will tell you which roads are open and what level of Yosemite tire chain restrictions are in place.

Yes. You will need to carry tire chains in your vehicle from November 1 to April 30 whether or not you actually use them. When CalTrans calls for chain restrictions, you will need to adhere to chain requirements. See Question 12 for levels of chain control.

Generally, 20 to 30 mph is the recommended speed limit for driving with snow chains. This helps prevent chains from breaking and from potentially damaging your vehicle. Do not drive on dry roads with chains as it can significantly wear down both the chains and your tire tread.

R1: Chains are required on all vehicles except passenger vehicles and light-duty trucks under 6,000 pounds gross weight and equipped with snow tires on at least two drive wheels. Chains must be carried by vehicles using snow tires. All vehicles towing trailers must have chains on one drive axle. Trailers with brakes must have chains on at least one axle.

When driving on snowy and icy roads, often the one thing that can keep you from getting stuck is a good set of tire chains. These vehicle accessories consist of metal chains that install around the wheels of your vehicle to maximize traction in snowy and icy conditions, making them a necessity for those who live in regions that see extreme winter weather each year. In fact, some states even require snow chains if traveling in certain mountainous areas during extreme winter weather. Finding the right set can be challenging, as not all tire chains are identical. They come in different sizes, materials, and tread patterns to suit different types of vehicles and varying severities of winter weather. Many models are designed to be easy to install, reducing the time one has to spend out in the cold. Learn what features are vital to consider when shopping for these winter weather vehicle accessories and find out why the models below are some of the best tire chains on the market.

In reviewing more than 25 sets of tire chains for this article, we considered what sets best suit vehicles ranging from smaller cars to large SUVs and heavy pickup trucks, keeping the following considerations in mind:

Durability: I only included chains made from steel alloys that could hold up to supporting the weight of a vehicle in difficult weather conditions. This included traditional tire chains and those that use steel rollers or coils.

Installation: Tire chains are typically installed in extreme winter weather on the side of a road or in a snow-covered driveway. With this in mind, we only chose tire chains that one could capably install in these conditions. Tire chains with self-tightening features outranked those that required manual tightening.

The diamond pattern of this set of chains not only facilitates the automatic ratcheting system, creating a tight grip around the tires, but it also makes for better performance by creating more surface area and improving traction.

Tire chains can be tricky with passenger vehicles with S clearance, which means there is limited space between the wheel well and the tire. Adding the additional thickness of snow chains can damage the car as the chains scrape against the wheel well when the suspension flexes. In fact, some car manufacturers will even void warranties if they find that a car has used chains that are too bulky for the wheel well. 041b061a72


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