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Moet ik sneeuwkettingen bij me hebben in Winterberg

Moet ik sneeuwkettingen bij me hebben in Winterberg

Are snow chains mandatory when you go to Winterberg? In Germany (and therefore Winterberg) winter tires are mandatory in winter conditions. But what about snow chains?

When are snow chains mandatory

Are you obliged to carry snow chains with you? No, you are not obliged to always have snow chains with you. But there are sometimes roads where you must have them with you. These roads are indicated by a blue sign with a snow chain on it. After this sign with a red line through it, the snow chains can be removed again.

In addition, the situation can sometimes be such (if a lot of snow has fallen in a few hours or if it is slippery due to ice) that you cannot come up with winter tires alone. Snow chains in this case offer more grip and therefore safety. In these situations you really need snow chains. It is therefore wise to have the right snow chains with you.

Snow chain types and sizes

There are different sizes and types of snow chains. Most are made of metal, but there are also plastic snow chains and nowadays 'easy-grip' winter tires. All types of snow chains must meet the legal requirements. Each tire size has its own snow chain size. These sizes can generally be found in the car's manual. There are also 'choice aids' available online where you can look up the right size for your tires. In general, the maximum speed with snow chains is 50 km per hour. However, this can sometimes differ. So check the instructions for use of the chains.

Prices of snow chains

The prices vary from around 30-40 euros for the simplest (metal) snow chains to around 200 euros.

Changing snow chains

1. Practice at least a 'dry' before you go on a winter sport. Put on the chains you have bought at home. Watch the mechanism and learn to understand the chains. Nothing is more difficult than having to figure out how the snow chains work in the dark, in the cold, with snow and ice everywhere.

2. Look at the situation carefully and extensively before you start changing the position. Take a look at how the chain fits, make sure that the chain is not tangled, and gently place the chains around your tire. So not as fast-fast, then things usually go wrong and it eventually takes longer.

3. Store the snow chains neatly again after use. To make the previous point easier, organize your chains neatly so they are always ready to use and you don't have to untangle them when you need them.

4. Remove or shovel snow and ice clogs from the wheel arches. This gives you more space to put the snow chains properly.

5. The more space the better. Make sure there is not only space in the wheel arch, but also behind the wheels. Try to find a clean parking space if you can, or at least in a place with as little snow as possible. That works a lot better.

6. Use a headlamp ​Use a headlamp to put on the chains, that works a lot easier. Headlamps can be bought in all good outdoor sports shops and are ideal to have in the glove box anyway.

7. Place an old coat, old (work) gloves and a mat or piece of cardboard in the car. It is of course a sin to get your good clothes dirty by getting on your knees in the mud, snow and brine. Gloves are a must because it's no fun working with your bare hands in the freezing cold (and a shame to use your good gloves for this, as well as your good jacket). You can use a mat or piece of cardboard while kneeling.

8. Place the snow chains in an easily accessible place in the car. Do not place the snow chains under all suitcases and skis. You don't have to think about having to take all your luggage out of the car in the cold and wet to reach your snow chains.

9. Do not wait too long before changing. It is better to put on the snow chains much too early than too late. I know from experience that you postpone the transfer as long as possible because it is a tedious job. You also have time to look for a good place to put the snow chains on.

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Published 26-01-2021 / Copyright © WinterbergNu