Travel Safely Through Snow and Ice

Travel Safely Through Snow and Ice

Travel Safely Through Snow and Ice

July 2009

The law throughout Alpine regions of Europe is VERY strict and insists that snow chains MUST be carried in the vehicle when travelling on mountain roads. This even applies to 4 x 4 vehicles and how often have I found myself arguing with owners of these powerful vehicles who claim they can go anywhere, anytime, without chains! That maybe but the law quite clearly states that chains MUST be in the vehicles even if not required. You can be stopped by the police on a mountain road and asked to show them your set of chains. They have the right to turn you around and send you back to the valley if chains are NOT in the vehicle!
Modern snow chains are extremely easy to fit but when selecting the right snow chains for your car it is essential to let the supplier know details oif your vehicle including the tyre size so that the right chains can be supplied. It is also important when purchasing to ensure you are buying a quality chain that will last and not disintergrate at 25mph as you drive along!
The leading manufacturer of quality chains is RUD Chains of Germany whose UK headquarters is at Whitstable in Kent and they have a complete range of car chains with four different fittings.
A NEW product available for the 2009-10 season is the RUDmatic Hybrid which gives perfect instant protection against skidding in wintry weather conditions. It can be easily fitted and is constructed using a combination of textile and metal chain. It is designed so as not to damage wheel rims.
The Rud Chains Centrax is the top-of-the-range model and is no ordinary snow chain. It pulls itself onto the wheel when the vehicle drives off and this chain is suitable for cars with low clearance wheel arches and wide, low profile tyres.
The Disc RUD chain is designed for cars with allow wheels so a robust ring protects the wheel rim and avoids any scratching to the alloy wheel. The Disc is suitable for front and rear-wheel drives and provides very smooth running.
RUD's top of the range conventional snow chains meet the hgihest demands for traction and the patented chain mesh provides full gripping power at every wheel position. The Kantenspur chain shows its strength under extremely heavy snow conditions and meets the highest expectations for traction performance and quiet running. It is suitable for front and rear-wheel drive vehicles of all sizes.
An ever increasing number of cars now have front-wheel drive and the Easy2Go offers easy fitting to these cars and offers effective protection against wear.
The Grip is RUD's starter model and is an effective snow chain at an extremely attractive price. This simple cable chain provides top quality and easy fitting.
RUD Chains can be contacted at: alan@RUD.co.uk

See how easy the RUD Chains are to fit, even in snowy conditions:
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