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

Last year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement (CVSE) team shared a blog and video on the eight steps to installing winter tire chains to your vehicle. The video is one of our most popular with approximately 60,000 views by you. Thanks for that. We thought it would be a good idea to revisit the topic but this time focusing on commercial vehicles. Hopefully you find this one 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

commercial vehicle winter tire chains

 

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

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

    Do automatic spinning chains still qualify?

  2. 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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