CHAINS AND STUDS
If you are driving in severe winter conditions, chains may be the best way to maintain traction. Some routes will require you to carry chains in extremely snowy or icy road conditions. Kal Tire carries a wide selection of chains to meet your vehicles needs.
A few things you should know before buying chains:
- You need to pre-fit your chains to your tire size and vehicle before you use them. The same numerical tire size can vary among tire manufacturers, causing actual tire sizes to be different.
- There are many different types of chains on the market. Take the time to find the product that best suits your needs.
Kal Tire offers many types of chains:
- Passenger - Z-Cable Chain, Super Z6 Cable Chain, Shur Grip Z Cable Chain, Radial Cable Chain and Whitestar Alloy
- Light Truck – Z-Cable Chain, Super Z6 Cable Chain, Radial Chain LT, Whitestar Alloy, Regular Link and VBar Link
|Z-Chain: A premium high performance product, the Z-Chain is the choice of many emergency vehicle operators.||Shur Grip Z: The most popular choice for passenger cars. Shur Grip Z chains are easy to install and ABS compatible.||Radial Chain: The economical choice, this Radial Chain features spring rollers and provide a smooth, quiet ride.|
For more information about chains talk to your local Kal Tire professional.
And keep in mind, the cost of chains is usually less than the cost of a single tow!
A studded tire has dozens of specially engineered pins inserted into the tread for traction. They are made from metal alloy or aluminum. They provide better traction on ice and hard packed snow over standard winter tires by 'clawing' into the ice.
No matter what city you live in, if you find yourself driving in winter conditions, in mountain passes, or, if you keep spinning your tires at icy intersections, studded tires may be the best option to get the grip you need. On ice and compact snow, the traction can’t be beat. Studded tires are by far the safest option. Remember, though, no tire will make up for poor driving decisions in the winter.
Most provinces have seasonal regulations as to when studded tires are allowed on the roads. Ask about the regulations in your area when installing studded tires, or contact your nearest Kal Tire store.
In Canada the law states if you are studding snow tires on the front axle, studded tires must also be placed on the rear axle. This measure is to prevent the rear end of the vehicle from breaking loose under heavy cornering and braking.
There are a few disadvantages to studded tires:
• On bare roads they are noisier than studless tires and tend to cause more wear on the roads.
• The studs will wear out quicker on bare roads vs. when they are driven in the snow (that’s the same for non-studded winter tires as well though).
• Excessive spinning of your tires may eject the studs.
• Studded tires generally cost more due to the additional material used in the tire.