As good as ‘all-season’ tires may be, there is no substitute for good tire chains at this point in time and there won’t one in the near future as well. All rubber tires have their limitations when it comes to bad weather, no matter how reliable they might be otherwise.
While dedicated winter tires will indeed improve your driving experience on a frozen / snowy surface, they do not really justify the investment unless you live in an area that experiences bellow freezing temperatures for many months every year, especially if you drive a truck.
Therefore, we’ve put together a list of the ten best tire chains for trucks you can get for your truck without breaking the bank on a whole new set of tires.
10Security Chain Company QG2828 Quik Grip V-Bar
These chains are much easier to install than you would imagine, mainly due to how adjustable they are by default. They feature durable Quik Grip link chain reinforcements and highway service for on and off road use. Interestingly enough, they are designed to fit virtually any type of passenger car, SUV, truck, airport transporter, ATV, garden tractor, or snowblower. This being said, they do require a Qg20074-10 tightener to get installed in the first place.
9Thule 16mm XB16 High Quality SUV/Truck Snow Chain
Made of durable, hardened manganese nickel allow steel, these Italian hand-made snow chains are the embodiment of sturdy tire chains. They feature dual-sided D-shaped links designed to provide exceptional traction while extending their life quite a lot. They also use a patented self-centering and auto-tensioning system that will adjust the chains automatically in order to provide a perfect fit.
8Security Chain Company QG2228CAM Quik Grip
Security Chain Company’s QG2228CAM Quik Grip chains do not require chain tighteners during installation, due to the fact that all tightening procedures are done with a provided cam tool that comes with the chains. These durable link chains provide optimal traction for any type of light truck, being considered by many as a perfect alternative to cable chains whenever clearance is not an issue.
7Peerless 0232805 Auto-Trac Light Truck/SUV Tire Chain
These tire chains feature self-tightening ratchets that help them fit virtually any type of tires they are installed on. These dual high impact polycarbonate ratchets also feature a centering capacity, ensuring an easy installation in just a matter of minutes. The newer versions fit a wide variety of tire sizes while meeting a class ‘S’ clearance requirement, boasting a diamond pattern cross chain for superior traction.
6Security Chain Company Z-579 Z-Chain Extreme Performance Cable Tire Traction Chain
Made from a manganese alloy, these chains provide superior, all-around traction and greater durability at all times, even at considerably fast speeds. They are highly compatible with anti-lock brakes, all-wheel drive technology, traction control, and pretty much any type of electronically monitored system thanks to its ingenious cross member pattern. They are also very easy to install and remove, requiring just a few minutes of your time whenever you enter a snowy area.
5Glacier 1038 Passenger Cable Tire Chain
Suitable for both front or rear wheel drive vehicles, the 1038 passenger cable tire chains from Glacier will fit virtually any type of tire due to their auto-adjusting capability. They feature a type ‘S’ limited clearance and case hardened steel rollers on cable cross members along with an extraordinarily sturdy build. They also meet all state requirements for cable traction devices, meaning that you would do well to take them with you whenever you are going on a road trip. You know, just in case.
4Thule 12mm CB12 High Quality Passenger Car Snow Chain
These chains provide a functional, heavy-duty solution for any passenger vehicles caught driving on a frozen surface, especially light trucks and SUVs. They use ultra-durable 12mm D-link chains to provide superior grip on frozen roads, while their color-coded assembly points with a quick-adjust tension control band ensures that you won’t run into any issues whatsoever trying to install them on your truck.
3Security Chain Company SC1032 Radial Chain Cable Traction Tire Chain
Due to their stainless steel construction, these particular tire chains are extremely durable. Designed to provide extra grip during starting, stopping, or turning, these chains will ensure a smooth ride in almost any conditions. They require low operating space around the tires while their relatively lightweight construction allows a much simpler mounting and removal that shouldn’t take more than a few minutes under normal circumstances.
2Security Chain Company ZT741 Super Z LT Light Truck and SUV Tire Traction Chain
Designed to be used ‘on road’ only, these tire chains meet class ‘S’ clearance requirements due to their low-profile, thread-face clearance capacity. They are extremely easy to install, more so thanks to the rubber tighteners they come equipped with. Highly durable, they will fit virtually any type of light truck, SUV, ATV, garden tractor, or forklift machine. Also, even though they come with a tensioner, it wouldn’t hurt to have one of your own prepared beforehand.
1Security Chain Company SZ447 Super Z6 Cable Chain
The SZ447 Super Z6 Cable Chains from SCC ensure a much better all-around traction performance than pretty much any conventional tire chains or cables on the market. Highly compatible with anti-lock brakes, traction control, all-wheel drive, and any other electronically monitored control system, these tire chains were designed with newer vehicles in mind.
Due to their built-in rubber tightener, you will not be required to stop and retighten the chains after the initial installation, as most of the work gets done automatically. Last but not least, they come equipped with a pair of rubber tensioners, plastic gloves, and a fully-illustrated step-by-step installation and removal booklet to help you through.