We know that fitting snow chains can be tricky, but dont worry you hire and learn how to fit them at Rays Ski Shop in Myrtlefod on your way to Hotham.
Before you leave for the snow
Driving in snow and ice
At the resort
What do snow chains do for a vehicle when in icy conditions?
Snow chains are an emergency item which are used to provide traction on ice & snow. They come in two types: ladder and diamond pattern
I have a 4WD, why do I have to carry snow chains?
In Victoria it is illegal to enter a alpine national park without snow chains during the ski season, even in 4WDs. It is important to carry chains in a 4WD because when you enter into skid situation the only thing controlling you is brakes and steering and then technically a 4WD becomes a 2WD, this is due to the fact that the drive of the vehicle has no bearing on the outcome.
I have a 4WD, do I fit the snow chains to the front or rear wheels?
In a 4WD it is necessary to fit snow chains to the front wheels in order to assist with steering.
WARNING: There are exceptions to this rule, some vehicles even need to fit chains to all four wheels to alleviate problems with the vehicles traction control. To overcome this, even if you think your vehicle is standard, check your car’s manual. This will give you a clear indication of what is necessary when fitting chains to your vehicle.
I have a 2WD, which wheels do I fit the chains to?
In most cars, the power-train sends power from the engine to only two of the wheels. The wheels that receive this power are called ‘drive wheels’ and chains must be fitted to the drive wheels of the vehicle. To find out if your car in front wheel or rear wheel drive please refer to your car user manual.
I want to get a set of snow chains, how do I know what my tyre size is?
The numbers represent:
I was wondering what the difference is between diamond pattern and ladder snow chains?
Ladder chains have chains going in an east-west direction only, with these it is still possible to slide sideways as there is not always contact of chain to road, with a diamond pattern chain the chain is run in a two way diagonal pattern and hence the chain is always touching the road and you will always have traction with the surface.
What is the maximum speed I can travel at when I have the snow chains on my vehicle?
When snow chains are attached to the vehicle, you must not travel over 40 kmph this is the recommended speed because otherwise the chains may break and damage the vehicle.
During what period of time do I have to legally carry snow chains? And when do I have to fit the snowchains?
What safety precautions should I take whilst fitting chains to my vehicle?
What things should I look out for, or what problems could I encounter whilst fitting my snow chains?
How do I fit a chain made of chain links only?