Putting Chains On Tires

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Alex H.'s Comment
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Do they teach you how to put tire chains on in CDL school?


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miracleofmagick's Comment
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They didn't at mine

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Some trainers at prime did others didnt. Prime has a video that shows u. I drove thru WY and learned if u need chains u shouldn't be driving. If I heard chains were necessary I parked. Problem solving ed hahaha

ChickieMonster's Comment
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They did at mine but I went to a private school.

But I'm with Rainy on this. If I need chains I'm gonna be parked.

Alex H.'s Comment
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Some trainers at prime did others didnt. Prime has a video that shows u. I drove thru WY and learned if u need chains u shouldn't be driving. If I heard chains were necessary I parked. Problem solving ed hahaha

Oh haha. I was reading through the High Road Training Program and it talked about tire chains and I'm thinking, I have no idea how to put those on.


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Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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It's not hard, it just sucks because think about why you're putting them on lol. I'll only chain up to get myself to an area where I can safely park.

Shawn's Comment
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I don't know about other companies, but werner has a class to teach putting chains on. I haven't had to put chains on yet.

Rob S.'s Comment
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Swift in Lewiston showed us in a very short class. They also said chains should only be used to get to a safe, legal parking place. This has been reiterated by DM'S and safety staff at Swift.


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Matt M.'s Comment
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You can get by without chaining in the east, but if you run in the west in the winter you are going to be parked a lot if you refuse to chain.

It's not difficult, you can watch a video on YouTube to learn how. You might want to try putting a set on in good conditions to see how it's done and you'll be good to go in winter. Probably better to know what you are doing before you are forced to do it in blizzard conditions.

I chained at least a dozen times this past winter, it's a good tool to know how to use. They can help you get unstuck from snow, ice, or even mud as well. Just keep a couple bungee cords because you won't be able to get the chains secured well if you can't roll the tires.

B Y 's Comment
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Tire chains were never mentioned in my school and my trainer told me they are required to carry them by law in some states but that if he ever needs them he'll just stop and wait out the storm instead.

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