Frequently Asked Questions - Public Works
Q: Winter Driving
Winter brings severe weather. Winter storms and cold temperatures can create bad driving conditions. Here are some tips for when you have to use chains on your tires:
Tire chains are designed for use as a traction device only.
DO NOT EXCEED 30 MPH. Accelerate slowly and AVOID SPINNING WHEELS.
Inspect wear to tire chains after each use and/or every 50 miles. Tire chain life will vary according to road conditions, driving habits, and driving speed.
New tire chains can stretch; inspect for proper fit every 50 miles.
Remove tire chains when driving on bare pavement.
AVOID locking wheels when braking, driving on bare pavement, hitting potholes or curbs and other things that can accelerate chain wear unnecessarily.
Tire chains can break. STOP IMMEDIATELY if a tire chain breaks. Do not drive with a broken tire chain. Get chains repaired if they break.
Caution: Tire chains and cables improve traction in snow but are not intended to, nor do they meet all safe stopping and starting requirements. The user is cautioned and encouraged to use good judgement when using tire chains.