Generally, of the options you have to increase traction and handling in winter the tire chain in a can or spray on tire chain as it is sometimes known is probably the most appealing option to the lazy motorist. The promise of been able to spray your tire from distance in just a few seconds and then been good to go in the snow sounds almost too good to be true!
This could be for good reason, if you search the web you will find many review sites which say the well marketed spray adds little or no traction to a tire, however, there are a few positive reviews but these are far outweighed.
Regardless of how effective the spray is choosing to promote itself as a "chain in a can" or a "spray on tire chain" almost sets the product up to fail in tests. The tire chain is the most industrial and tested solution for driving in wither weather, common sense almost shouts out that the spray cannot possibly be as effective. It might have been a better approach for the marketing people behind the product to promote it with on its effectiveness rather than the over the top name.
The facts about usage:
- Prevents snow or ice accumulation in the tire tread
- Easy to use and apply, a 16-oz. (480ml) can will spray up to 40 tires and will last up to 40 miles on ice, snow and slippery roads
How to use;
- Shake can before use
- Spray tread portion of the tire
- Drive vehicle 3 – 5 minutes after spray
- Press the nozzle 2 – 3 seconds upside down to prevent nozzle from being clogged
In UK there is no legal requirement for winter tires, chains or even snow socks but we are seeing more and more people ending up stuck in snow during the winter months. It is unlikely that the law will change anytime soon on this matter but that does not mean that best practices cannot change and people should not adapt their driving habits and even equipment!
In a case of serious snowfall roadside recovery services aren’t going to be able to help due to the shear volume of calls to inevitable priorities as a result of the weather. As a result if you do get stuck you could be waiting for hours.
People already carry some essentials in their cars such as windscreen scrapers/defrosters, gloves, first aid kits, jump leads and tire repair tools. Adding a can of spray on tire chain would only take a few seconds, if you were expecting seriously bad weather you could get some heavy metal snow chains,however, the cheapest ones start around £67 and for that price you have to ask how often you would really need them?