The world’s first high-tech composite snow chains, which are made of aramid and polyurethane, ensures optimal motricity in traction, acceleration, braking, and bending. The system has been approved by the Italian National Standards Institute for Road Traffic Safety (ENI) and is certified to be safe on roads. It can be used with any type of vehicle, including those equipped with ABS or ESP systems. Notably, it was launched in 2015.
On and off road use, the Quik Grip Type LSH is a standard link chain that comes packaged in a reusable plastic carrying case. The product is designed to provide maximum protection for your vehicle’s safety while driving. It has been tested by an NHTSA-certified laboratory. Notably, it was first introduced in 2007 and is considered one of the best quality products available today.
Super Z6 traction system has been developed for vehicles with limited operating clearance, according to reports. The product is designed to provide maximum traction and reduce the risk of damage to the vehicle’s interior. It also offers an anti-lock brake system that helps prevent wheel-driving accidents. Notably, there are no restrictions on installation or removal of the product due to its unique design.
Snow chains, or traction chains, are installed on tires to achieve maximum traction when driving on snow and icy surfaces.
These anti-skid devices are usually sold in pairs, as they are put on the drive wheels of the car. In addition, when buying, it is extremely important to consider the size of the tires installed on your car, that is, their diameter and tread width.
A car equipped with snow chains has significantly increased fuel consumption, and its maximum speed is limited to 50 km/h. But all these disadvantages are compensated by really high cross-country ability.
Chains play the role of an additional removable tread. The fact is that the links have a small area of contact with the road surface, so the car presses on the ground much harder. Thus, the improved wheel literally "digs" into the ice, snow or soil and starts rowing like the blades of a water mill.
Specialists have repeatedly conducted tests of the operational efficiency of chains, here are some of the results of one of them. Due to the chains it is possible to increase the passability of the car by 3-4 times. According to experienced motorists, with the help of anti-skid devices, the car becomes similar, in its off-road properties, to a cross-country vehicle.
Summer tires with anti-skid devices get close to the winter studded rubber in their cross-country ability, yielding to it in braking on loose snow, but surpassing it in acceleration on ice. Polyurethane belts, unfortunately, cannot achieve such high results. Besides, their reliability leaves much to be desired.
Of course, such wheel equipment allows you to improve the passability of the car, but do not forget that it has a negative impact on the handling. In terms of cross-country ability, the car becomes similar to a tractor, its permissible speed is reduced. The vehicle becomes oversteerable. This means that before you go off-road, it is worth trying to drive the car in normal conditions.
You should not forget about the other disadvantages:
All snow chains are conventionally divided into soft and hard. In the first case, there are plastic or rubber anti-skid devices between the cables stretched around the circumference of the wheel. Whereas the second uses a pattern with transverse intersections.
If the car is equipped with anti-skid devices, its movement at high speeds is unacceptable. The manual for the use of such devices specifies the maximum speed within 30-50 km/h.
If it is exceeded, the driver will face serious consequences, including accidents. So, a tire can burst or a torn lock can catch on suspension elements, causing at least serious damage.
It is not allowed to exploit the thus equipped car on dry roads for a long time. Some companies-manufacturers forbid driving a car with chains on wheels on asphalt. The matter is that on dry roads such equipment considerably increases the length of braking distance.
If such a device is put on the wheels, you should refuse to sharply increase and decrease speed, any actions should be as possible more soft. Thanks to such tactics, you can save the tires and suspension of the car.
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