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Tire Chain Alternatives for Improved Traction in Snow, Ice, and Even Sand

Tire chains can be a pain to put on your wheels—here are some easier (and less expensive) options.

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This story was updated in December 2022 with new products and info.

Winter storms seem to be getting more and more fierce—and more and more frequent. As winter time ramps up, it's important to be prepared, especially with our vehicles. No matter where you live, snow and ice can make the roads treacherous. But tire chains are big and heavy, not very portable, and can be a pain to install and remove. Luckily, there are plenty of options for chains to get you unstuck and back on the move quickly.

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Along with a good winter emergency kit, anti-slip tire wraps are an essential part of a contingency plan. These act like conventional tire chains but are much easier to install—and often, far more portable. Plus, in many areas around the country, metal snow chains smashing up pavement is frowned upon.

If you've been putting off getting a set of tire chains, consider one of these tire chain alternatives. Even if you don't use them regularly, you'll have them ready when the next big storm comes. Now that's good planning.

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