Tire Chain Types

When shopping for tire chains, there are three main types.  Each type of traction device has their own benefits and drawbacks and will work well on some vehicles and not so well on others.  Let’s review each chain type so you can better understand their difference.

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Link Chains

Link tire chains are made of metal chains that wrap around the tire tread and are secured in place with tensioners. This what you typically think of for tire chains.

Tire Cables

Tire cables, also known as snow cables, are a type of tire chain that features steel cables wrapped in a ladder-like pattern around the tire.

Tire Socks

Tire socks, also known as snow socks, are a type of tire chain that features a fabric cover with embedded traction-enhancing fibers.

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