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Which Snow Chains Should I Use?

The simple answer is diamond snow chains, always.

There’s a lot of noise out there about what is and isn’t the right snow chain for your car, so I’ll keep this short and to the point.

Diamond snow chains (self-tensioning) are the only type you should use and here’s why:

  1. They’re safer
  2. They’re the only type accepted at every snow resort in Australia

How are they safer?

Other snow chains (ladder chains, spider chains, sock chains) are likely to slide and distort their shape as you manoeuvre your car, which means there can be moments where no chain (i.e. added grip) is between your tyre and the snow. This could be a problem, especially during a turn when you need extra grip the most.

Diamond snow chains, on the other hand, keep their shape 100% of the time and provide added grip on a consistent basis. The self-tensioning aspect of the design means the chain not only stays in place but should last multiple snow seasons.

OK to use across Australia

If this was only the reason to buy a set of diamond snow chains, it’d be enough. The simple fact is, the only snow chain that is accepted at every resort in Australia is the diamond snow chain. Enough said.

The last (important) consideration

You need a set of snow chains that fit your car. If they don’t fit you not only run the risk of being pulled up by the people running the resort, you’ll miss out on all the safety benefits they offer. To find your fit, all you need to know is the size of your tyre. It’s super easy to do this, simply head out to your car and look for numbers that look a little like the below:


Finding your tyre size
Finding your tyre size


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Luke Samuels

Luke is the Marketing guy at FitMyCar. He's been writing & selling stuff online since the day he got his licence to drive and despite a lack of taste in cars, he's managed to work in one automotive role or another for half his working life.

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