If you live in a mountainous area knowing how to install tire chains is essential. It’s best to practice installing the chains on a warm day before you need to use them to ensure that they will properly fit your car. When installing chains make sure that you are well off the road (especially since visibility and traction may be extremely low) and that your vehicle is on a flat stable piece of ground. It’s much easier to install chains before you get stuck rather than after.
Tire chains should be installed on the drive axle. Front wheel drive vehicles should have the chains installed on the front axle, while rear wheel drive vehicles should have the chains installed on the rear axle. If you have a four wheel drive vehicle it’s best to have a set of chains installed on each axle.
These instructions are for classic tire chains. For newer or more modern chains the basic idea should be the same, but follow the instructions provided with the chains.