Every trucker will have to put on chains at some point in their career, especially when the weather gets bad. Putting on or taking off chains can be tricky, so let’s go through the steps of putting on chains the proper way.
This is the easiest step. To begin, step 1 is all about making sure one has the proper supplies needed to install chains. The supplies needed are a pair of tire chains, tire chain tensioners, gloves, and safety glasses. If you are putting the chains on outside, additional supplies are needed. Those are reflective triangles, road flares, and a safety reflective vest. Once you have all the supplies, you’re ready for step 2.
After making sure you have all the supplies, the next step is very simple. If you’re on the side of the road, make sure to have your hazard lights on. Next, make sure the semi is parked and turned off. Put the glasses and gloves on, then pull the tire chains out and lay them on the ground with the road side of the chain laying upwards. While the tire chains are on the floor, be sure to check to see if any of the links are broken. Once links have been checked and they’re good, it’s time for step 3.
After laying the tire chains down, put them evenly over the tire with the roadside up. Make sure the latches are on either side of the tire. This ensures the avoidance of running them over and ruining them. Next, hop back into the semi and drive over the chains. Exiting out of the truck and connecting the latches is the last part of step 3.
Before moving on, it’s important to make sure the latches are as tight as possible. Now put on the chain tensioner, making sure the hooks are faced away from the tire. After this, distribute the hooks that are on the chain tensioners. When this is completed, drive back and forth if possible or drive a distance of one mile. This allows the hooks and everything to settle in place. One last tip: chains are meant for temporary use only!
Congratulations! You’re officially done installing the tire chains safely.
Future Use Tips:
Make sure to clean and store the tire chains for future use. It’s always important to practice: Practice makes perfect! This also ensures that your chains are in good condition and won’t have to take as long to install.
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