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Select a topic from the list below to learn more.

• Air Pressure
• Alignment of Vehicle
• All Season Tires
• Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)
• Anti-Slip Control (ASR)
• Aquaplaning (Hydroplaning)
• Asymmetrical Tread
• Balancing
• Bead
• Braking distance
• Camber
• Casing
• Chains
• ContiComfortKit (CCK)
• Date of Manufacture
• Direction of Rotation
• DOT Serial Number
• Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
• Emergency Mobility Systems
• Hydroplaning (Aquaplaning)
• Load Index, Ply Rating or Load Range
• Minimum Removal Tread Depth

 

• Mixing Tires
• Radial Tires
• Reinforced or XL (extra load) Tires
• Replacement
• Revolutions Per Mile (RPM)
• Rolling Resistance
• Rotation
• Self-Supporting Run-Flat Tires (SSR)
• Speed Symbol
• Temporary Spare Tires
• Tire Gauge
• Tire Size Designation
• Tire Storage
• Toe
• Tread
• Tread Depth
• Tread Wear Indicator (TWI)
• Uniform Tire Quality Grading (UTQG)
• Valve
• Valve Cap
• Winter Tires

     
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Chains

Even modern winter tires can sometimes be of little help when there are huge amounts of snow and steep gradients. In these situations, traction, lateral control and reliable braking require tire chains. In order to be prepared, it is recommended to try and fit chains in a “dry run.”

Snow chains have to be draped over the drive wheels.

Please also note that a maximum speed is given. With some low profile tires a problem can result: the reduced space between the tires and the wheel arch leaves no room to fit snow chains.