What are the best snow chains for a Ford Escape?

I drive a Ford Escape and recently moved to a mountain town. All of the locals tell me I’ll need to get snow chains this winter. What are the best snow chains for a Ford Escape?

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Mary Alice Morris · Answered on Jan 10, 2023
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
It’s a good idea to follow the wisdom of the locals about driving in winter conditions when you move somewhere new. But as far as which snow chains are best for you, it’s really better to shop for your needs, budget, and materials rather than finding a perfectly-tailored set for your Ford Escape.
Lots of snow chain sets will work quite well on the Escape, but what you need to shop for are chains that give the best traction in your conditions. When you’re ready to put chains on your Escape, be mindful of:
  • Materials: Snow chains come in a variety of materials, including steel and rubber. These materials offer different types of traction for snow and ice. Metal chains give the best traction, but if left on for too long, they can damage your tires.
  • Chain pattern: Ask your mechanic or a retailer which chain pattern is best for you. Snow chains have diagonal, square, and diamond patterns.
  • Price: Snow chains vary widely in price, so keep your budget in mind when you start shopping.
Best of luck to you, and enjoy the first winter in your new home!
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