Snow and ice driving made easy!

14th June 2013

RUD snow chains are now readily available in Southern Africa; they have been taken to some of the highest mountains under extremely arduous conditions and safely passed the test on really rough roads.

Snow chains 
Picture shown: RUDMatic Hybrid 

Snow chains are generally sold in pairs, if you only have two fit them to your front wheels as they will reduce slip and help you with steering control. Your front wheels will push snow to the sides and compact the surface which greatly assists traction to your rear wheels.

Generally the surface off-road has less risk of being icy and slippery when compared to tar making off-road driving in snow less tricky however hard gravel roads should be respected as they may also be icy under the snow. This is known as “Black ice’ and is extremely treacherous. This is where the chain helps as it literally breaks the ice and allows you to gain grip. One should always be cautious as there may be rocks, ruts or other debris under the snow when off-road.

“With the rising popularity of snow tours conducted by many tour guides to the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, we are generally inundated with requests for chains from around May prior to the heavy snowfalls. We turned to Europe for a solution”, says Michael Green, MD of SecureTech. “Due to their icy, snowy conditions they have perfected the design and manufacture of chains for all vehicles, so why try and reinvent the wheel locally?” says Green.

SECURETECH now stock and import a range of well priced snow chains, suitable for most 4x4’s and SUV’s available in the South African market. The chains come as a pair, packed in a handy padded storage bag. Fitment is easy and takes a few minutes. Full instructions are provided; one does not even have to remove a wheel. The chain literally wraps around the wheel and is tensioned with a simple safe tensioning device to the on the outside of the wheel, after all slack is taken up the tensioning chain is secured and one is ready to tackle the snow. Benefits are;

  • The chains are offer good traction due to the square links and are ductile being made from case hardened chain.

  • This makes them extremely durable and hard wearing.

  • The smaller diameter chain also ensures that they will not foul in wheel arches when turning as clearance is adequate due to the design of the links.

  • A full range of spare parts is available should repairs become necessary

  • The diamond pattern of the chain gives good traction in all directions and prevents movement of the chain on the wheel.

  • Fit is compact with no slack.

  • They can also be used on rear wheel drive 4x2 vehicles.

SECURETECH are able to supply a variety of stock sizes suitable for Quad Bikes, 4x4’s and normal sedans, unusual sizes for vehicles such as earth movers and graders can be ordered with a relatively short lead time.