The days of frozen fingers hampering your efforts to fit snow chains may soon be over, as Stuart McDill reports, now you can watch them automatically deploy at the press of a button.
The easy way to fit snow chains - fast and simple. It's the brainchild of an automotive car part manufacturer - inspired by a late night struggle to fit traditional chains in freezing temperatures. The solution - a base plate fitted to the wheel at the start of winter - snow chain hubs snapping on and off when needed. The grip provided by four arms that extend out of the centre hub to grip the tyre. PETR GROSS / SNOW CHAIN DEVELOPER "The anti-sliding function is located here on the grabs and has steel spikes which are used for hard packed ice and plastic ones which are used in soft snow," Three years in development Gross now has a patent in his native Czech Republic, with others applied for abroad. PETR GROSS / SNOW CHAIN DEVELOPER "We see a future use of the chains mainly for trucks and busses because those vehicles mostly have only summer tyres and no special tyres for the winter, and the use of some anti-slips or chains is crucial for them. This device is very simple to put on and easy to handle and that's why we thing it has a great future." Gross plans to market his product in Europe, Russia, the U.S. and Canada.