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Old 02-21-2010, 01:21 PM   #1
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Re: Automatic tire chains

Many of the school busses meant for northern weather came with similar automatic tire chains just like these. My bus does not have them, which is okay because I do not use it in icy weather. The only downside I can see is that you would have a bunch of noisy chains rattling around, not that a bus is a quiet machine.
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Old 02-21-2010, 02:25 PM   #2
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Re: Automatic tire chains

I think they're illegal in some states except for emergency vehicles.
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Old 02-21-2010, 03:35 PM   #3
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Re: Automatic tire chains

A lot of buses have them in northern areas. Nearly every ambulance I see has them. I've driven buses that had them installed, you get a little bit of a chain noise but it's not that bad. I haven't had the pleasure of using them in snow, but I've been told they're very effective. Just be careful, they won't get you out of everything, and if you spin your tires with the chains down you can rip them off.
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Old 02-27-2010, 04:48 PM   #4
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Re: Automatic tire chains

i've used them on an ambulance before.

They are one of those products that seem good in theory, but aren't really that great in practice.

you have to be moving for them to work. They don't work if you wait until you are stuck to engage them.....come to think of it, they dont work too good when they do work!

you're better off with real tire chains. Sure real tire chains are a pita to put on, and every time you need them there is 3 feet of snow and it's cold out...but you can't beet the performance of real tire chains.

conventional buses tend to do really well in the snow. Where are you planning to drive your bus?
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