Are snow chains legal in the UK?

The use of snow chains is legal in the UK, as long as they are not used in a manner that will damage the road surface. This means snow chains must only be used on snow-covered roads and need to be removed when driving on a tarmac surface.

Can I use snow chains?

Right Conditions. Tire chains for cars should only be used if there is a layer of snow or ice on the road. Using chains on bare pavement can cause substantial damage to both your tires and the road itself. If you turn onto a road that’s clearly been plowed and salted, pull over and remove the chains.

Do you need chains if you have winter tyres?

You must use winter tyres or snow chains if snow or ice has covered the ground, but otherwise they’re not mandatory. Minimum tread depth is 3mm.

Can I drive with tire chains on pavement?

Don’t forget: If you have chains on your tires, you should not (and in some places, cannot) drive on dry pavement. Driving on dry pavement with chains will not only damage the roadway but will be a bone-rattling experience for all inside the vehicle.

Can you drive with chains on pavement?

Is it worth having winter tyres in the UK?

The UK has one of the slowest uptakes for winter or all-weather tyres in Europe. As soon as temperatures drop below 7deg Celsius, winter tyres are proven to reduce stopping distances and make your car easier to control, even in dry conditions.

Are winter tyres mandatory in UK?

Winter tyres aren’t mandatory in the UK. Only a small percentage of drivers choose to fit them, many of whom live in more remote areas – such as the Scottish Highlands. It’s a different story in much of mainland Europe, though.

How fast can you go with chains?

30 mph
Tire chains are only intended to withstand a certain amount of punishment. Drivers should never exceed speeds of 30 mph when chained. Going any faster could cause chains to break while in motion. This could be dangerous for drivers and vehicles alike.

Are Thule and Konig the same?

In 2004, König was taken over by the Swedish company Thule. Since then, their snow chains have been sold under the brand name of Thule. However, from 2017, all König snow chains will once again be sold under their separate brand name, König, while still guaranteeing the same top notch quality that Thule stands for.

What can I use if I don’t have snow chains?

7 Snow Chain Alternatives (Plus Pros and Cons for Each)

  1. Snow Socks.
  2. “Spider” Spikes.
  3. Tire Boots.
  4. Tire Wraps.

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What happens if you drive with snow chains on pavement?

Are summer tyres OK in winter UK?

With only occasional bouts of freezing temperatures, all-season tyres could be an option for mild winter conditions. We recommend against using summer tyres if there’s any snow, it’s icy, or the temperature is frequently freezing. Winter is the time to fit your car with winter or at least all-season tyres.

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Can you put chains on a Tesla?

Note: Chains should only be installed on the rear wheels of Model 3 and only on 18″ and 19” tires. The use of non-recommended snow chains has been shown to cause suspension and other vehicle damage.

Does Thule make snow chains?

When the winter comes, Thule has the snow chains that get you there safely, easily and in style. Thule, known worldwide as a manufacturer of highly innovative automotive racks and accessories, is proud to offer the newest in their catalogue of winter gear.

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