Shift into Winter: How to Put Tire Chains on Commercial Vehicles

When the Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement (CVSE) team shared a blog and video on the eight steps to installing winter tire chains on a passenger vehicle the video became one of our most popular, with about 60,000 views by you. Thanks for that.

Hopefully, you find this one about how to chain up a commercial vehicle as useful as the first video.

A couple of Shift into Winter reminders:

  • Always read and follow manufacturer’s directions
  • Only install traction devices suited to your vehicle
  • Ensure the chains fit and practice installing them prior to driving

If you’re not so much into the moving pictures, here are a couple of infographics that you may find useful.

Shift into Winter for commercial vehicles

 

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5 Responses to Shift into Winter: How to Put Tire Chains on Commercial Vehicles

  1. James on March 5, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    There is a HUGE DIFFERENCE in tire chains nowadays.
    I have 6 sets of the heavy TRYGG chains and a single.
    (4 for the drives and 2 for the trailers, 1 for the steering, when the going gets really tough on the Salmo Creston.)
    Mind you, it’s not easy to put them on at age 55, but once they are on you are good to go anywhere.
    I see these cheap Chinese chains, light, easy to put on, but if you wipe your feet once, you might as well burn yourself a hole so you don’t slide backwards, because you likely ain’t going forwards.
    Just sayin.

  2. Phil on January 23, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Do automatic spinning chains still qualify?

  3. dennis parkin on February 12, 2017 at 10:54 am

    im wondering if the spinning chains controlled from the drivers seat are legal when chain up signs are on if so then are single wheel chains are all that is required

    • tranbceditor on February 15, 2017 at 10:20 am

      Hi Dennis,

      Yes, automatic tire chains are acceptable and do not need to be used in conjunction with wheel chains.

      Division 7 — Other Equipment
      Definitions
      7.001 In this Division:
      “commercial motor vehicle” has the same meaning as in Part 2.2 of the Act, but does not include a truck or other motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight less than or equal to 5 000 kg;
      “traction device” means
      (a) in the case of a commercial motor vehicle, any of the following, if designed by a manufacturer to increase the friction between a tire and a road surface covered with ice or snow:
      (i) subject to section 7.164, studs;
      (ii) a wheel sander;
      (iii) automatic tire chains;
      (iv) a textile tire cover;
      (v) 2 circular metal loops connected by strands of steel cable, if both outside tires of a power drive axle of the commercial motor vehicle are equipped with chains;
      (vi) chains;
      (b) in the case of any other motor vehicle, any device designed by a manufacturer to increase the friction between a tire and a road surface covered with ice or snow.

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