Last updated 2 years ago
Using tire chains is a great way to stay safe on icy or snowy roads. However, many people don’t realize that using snow chains still requires very careful driving. Misusing snow chains can actually result in much more dangerous driving conditions. Here are some basic tips on how to drive using tire chains.
- Use the Right Tire Chains
Make sure that you choose the right tire chains for your vehicle. There are many different factors to consider when choosing tire chains for your car, truck, or SUV. First, choose tire chains that were designed for your type of vehicle. If you drive a heavy duty or commercial truck, your tire chains are likely to be different than those designed for an economy car. Also, make sure the chains you purchase are the right size for your tires. Chains that are too big or too small can damage your tires and the vehicle.
Many traditional tire chains are somewhat difficult to use. Make sure you practice putting your tire chains on before you end up really having to use them. If you’re looking for a great set of convenient, easy-to-use tire chains, visit the RUD Chain, Inc. website to learn about our high-quality consumer- and commercial-grade tire chains.
Tire chains may give you added traction, but they don’t eliminate unsafe driving conditions. It’s important that you limit your speed to 25 to 30 mph even with tire chains on. Tire chains are not designed for fast driving, so make sure to take it slow until driving conditions improve.
- Don’t Leave the Chains On
When road conditions improve, make sure to take your tire chains off. Become familiar with local tire chain use regulations to ensure that you use your tire chains in a way that’s consistent with state or municipal laws.
For high quality tire chains, contact RUD Chain, Inc. Visit us online or call (319) 294-0001.
Last updated 2 years ago
Chains come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and styles. But despite this diversity in the types of chains available, all chains are more or less made in the same exact way. Chain production involves a number of different processes.
This video demonstrates the basics involved in chain production. You’ll learn how metal is treated before it is used to make chains, as well as how chains are tested for strength. All chains are designed and produced with their end use in mind.
At RUD Chain, Inc, we specialize in producing high quality chain products for a wide variety of applications including lifting attachments, tire chains, and more. Visit us online or call (319) 294-0001 to learn more about our products.
Last updated 8 months ago
Bus and truck drivers may be some of the most skilled drivers on the road, but icy and snowy roads can be very nerve-racking for even veteran drivers. Snow- and ice-covered roads are dangerous for all sorts of vehicles, but are particularly dangerous for large vehicles. To make driving on snowy roads easier, consider installing ROTOGRIP Automatic Snow Chains to your bus or truck fleet.
One problem that affects bus and truck performance and safety in the snow is skidding. Because buses and trucks are such heavy vehicles, they typically have the advantages of greater natural traction even on slick surfaces. However, certain driving conditions can cause trucks and buses to skid, which can be very dangerous to all drivers in the vehicle’s vicinity. Skidding can be caused by over breaking, turning too sharply, or accelerating too quickly. Buses are likely to spin out of control, while semi-trucks risk jackknifing.
While slow and careful driving may mitigate some of the risk associated with these seasonal concerns, it won’t do much to improve your vehicle’s grip on the road beneath it. The only way to do this is with a set of high-quality tire chains. However, tire chains can be very cumbersome and installing them can be time consuming. This makes their use unrealistic for many truck and bus drivers.
To make driving your truck or bus safer without the hassle of traditional tire chains, choose RUD Chain, Inc.’s ROTOGRIP Automatic Snow Chain system. ROTOGRIP automatically deploys at the flip of a switch, and can even be activated while your bus or truck is in motion. Once activated, a carpet of tough RUD chain is spread underneath your vehicle’s tires, giving you the additional traction you need. This gives you the benefit and security of tire chains without the inconvenience of manual tire chain installation.
RUD-ROTOGRIP® CS Traction for low profile vehicles
The Rotogrip® CS has been specially designed for commercial vehicles and buses with limited space for fitting chains. CS stands for "Compact Solution", and emphasizes that the new Rotogrip® can even be fitted alongside low profile tires and pneumatic suspension components.
Compact, forged steel, swivel housing
Integrated, patented, "flexible piston rod"
Increased swivel area
Easy, time-saving fitting
Please contact RUD Chain, Inc. for additional information or to place an order
To learn more about ROTOGRIP or ROTOGRIP CS, contact RUD Chain, Inc. by visiting us online at www.rotogrip.us or calling (319) 294-0001
Last updated 1 year ago
This winter, road conditions throughout the coldest parts of the country will be less than ideal. Truckers, bus drivers, and other heavy-vehicle drivers will have to prepare themselves for some potentially hazardous driving. To make sure you arrive at your destination safely, follow these helpful driving tips for snowy or icy roads.
1. Maintain Visibility
When the roads are slick, being able to see clearly in front of you is absolutely essential. This means using high-quality wiper blades to clean away snow and water that may impair your ability to see the road ahead. You should also make good use of your heater and defroster so that your windshield stays free and clear of ice. As always, use headlights when visibility is low.
2. Drive Slowly
Never gamble with the safety of your vehicle and passengers. Driving slow and arriving late is much better than ending up in a collision because you were in a hurry. Slower speeds allow you to take advantage of greater traction produced by your heavy vehicle.
3. Snow and Tire Chains
When road conditions call for them, and when local laws allow them, use tire chains on your vehicle. Tire chains offer great additional traction, which can help your vehicle navigate the most slippery of terrain, such as black ice or compacted snow. For large trucks, utility vehicles and commercial vehicles, automatic tire chains like the RUD ROTOGRIP system can make tire chain deployment simple and easy.
4. Avoid Over-Breaking or Accelerating
Sudden acceleration or stopping can cause your vehicle to skid out of control. These actions cause your tires to slip, which quickly leads to loss of control. Make all changes in speed or direction as gradually as possible.
To stay safe on the road, get a pair of RUD Chain, Inc. tire chains. Our tire chains come in all sizes and styles, making them perfect for use on your large or commercial vehicle. Call (319) 294-0001ext# 233 for more information.
Last updated 1 year ago
Heavy-duty machinery like bulldozers, earthmovers, and cranes can sometimes end up in very dirty, dangerous situations. The last thing you need while on the job is a damaged tire for your heavy machinery. Replacing one of these tires can cost lots of money, and hamper your crew’s productivity and efficiency.
This video demonstrates the many benefits of using RUD heavy-duty tire protection chains. You’ll see RUD tire chains perform in some of the toughest work environments, and learn how using tire chains can help increase productivity and save money.
For a great selection of the highest-quality tire protection chains and lifting attachments, contact RUD Chain, Inc. at (319) 294-0001.