Police Department Braking Test Demonstrates That GoClaws Brake 20% Better Than Traditional Tire Chains

Police Department Braking Test Demonstrates That GoClaws Brake 20% Better Than Traditional Tire Chains

Tire Chains for Snow are the traditional way of providing a vehicle with traction and control when driving on the snow and ice. Simply, they fit onto the tire and dig into the snow providing grip for the vehicle. They are a good system, but have several flaws. Firstly, they are not very easy to fit. Secondly, they are not meant for the paved road and as such are quite dangerous to drive in this condition. This means that when you are driving along a road with snow, and then come across a stretch of dry road, technically you should pull over, take the chains off and then drive until you reach snow again, and put them back on again. Quite impractical.Thankfully, there is a new system that solves all these problems. It is called the SnoClaw and GoClaw. They are easy to fit with a simple click and ratchet system that takes less than two minutes to fit on each tire.

Furthermore, the system can also be used on a regular paved road, meaning no need to stop when driving from snowy road to snowy road.

The Chattanooga Police Department is so impressed with the GoClaws and SnoClaws that they conducted a braking distance test to see how it performs compared to regular tires and tire chains for snow. The test was carried out on a paved road.

The results are interesting.

At 30mph, the regular braking distance for a car with regular tires is a little under 30 feet.

With the tire chains for snow on, the braking distance was just over 37 feet.

With the SnoClaw on, the braking distance was a little over 30 feet – very comparable with regular tires. And, as you konw that extra 6 feet might be the difference between stopping in time and ruining your day.

However the safety of the GoClaws and SnoClaws includes excellent lateral traction.

LATERAL TRACTION IS KEY

Chains and cables work when perpendicular to the direction of travel. However, as a vehicle begins to slide sideways traditional tire chains and cables become less effective. When the vehicle becomes sideways to the direction of travel, chains are basically ineffective. The image shows how GoClaws provide lateral traction which is a key feature and that could possibly make the difference and avoid an accident.

Also when managing a fleet of vehicles you have enough to worry about without tire chain issues. Chains are notorious for causing damage to the vehicle body, expensive tire sidewalls, maintenance shop and garage floors, vehicle axles and even officer’s hands.

GoClaws reduce costs

  • They last much longer than chains
  • Eliminate chain related vehicle body and paint repairs
  • If the GoClaw’s lateral traction prevents a single accident you just paid for a whole department’s worth of GoClaws.
  • Eliminate tire sidewall and tread damage
  • Easy on garage and shop floors
  • Easy on parking lot surfaces

GoClaws have been extensively tested for durability. A 500 mile run at 50+ MPH on hot dry pavement without failure and minimal wear demonstrates how tough GoClaws really are.

This is a perfect solution for vehicles that travel between clear and snowy roads for law enforcement, fire, ambulance and many other public sector applications. Many users simply put the GoClaws on at the beginning of a storm and remove them several days later when the snow has passed. Another benefit is that during the winter when vehicles have to enter the maintenance shop they can do so without damaging the painted shop floor.

Speed rating 35 MPH due to insurance restrictions, but have tested at 55 – 60 MPH without failure. Try that with chains. Weight has NO effect on GoClaws.

SnoClaws – ideally suited for those drivers that travel in fresh deep or packed snow on the highway and do not travel off-road. SnoClaws are the preferred solution for normal chain or cable usage for light and heavy duty pickup and other trucks on the highways and side roads. Same traction as GoClaws but with the easy to use ratchet tightener system. Appropriate for towing trailers and trailer brake axle drag chain requirements as well as dually. Advantages: Quick and easy installation even if you’re stuck. No tools required to install.

GoClaws  – ideally suited for travel in fresh deep or packed snow, mud, sand and other demanding and heavy duty applications such as Bobcat Skid Steer, EMS, DOT, PD, FD, Fork Lift, Snow Plow, Farm Truck, Fire truck, Semi Tractor Trailer, and other large equipment. Advantages: Quick and easy installation even if you’re stuck. Heavy-duty dual opposing (self-locking) linkage system will withstand the abuse of snow plowing, tractor trailers, towing, heavy equipment, delivery, fleet, public safety, DOT, EMS and 4×4 off-road conditions such as stump jumping, four wheeling, sand and mud, etc

Note: In slippery conditions, AWD and 4 wheel drive vehicles can get going better than two wheel drive. However all vehicles have the same braking issues on slippery roads.

Clearance issues vary and the information below will help you make sure that the GoClaws or SnoClaws will fit your specific vehicle. Check your owners manual to see what chain is required.Will not camage tires or vehicle

  • SnoClaws are type “S”. Type “S” can be used for “S”, “U” and “W” chain type vehicles.
  • GoClaws are type “U” and can fit vehicles with type “U” and “W”. See chart below.

SnoClaws provide additional traction that may improve your stopping ability regardless of your vehicle drive type. Also, as a vehicle begins to slide sideways traditional tire chains and cables become less effective. SnoClaws provide lateral traction which is a key feature and that could possibly be a big difference in your trip.

Note: In slippery conditions, AWD and 4 wheel drive vehicles can get going better than two wheel drive. However all vehicles have the same braking issues on slippery roads.

Remember:

  • AWD And 4 Wheel Drive Vehicles Cannot Stop Any Faster Than 2 Wheel Drive Vehicles.
  • Remember That Stopping Distances Are Longer In Adverse Conditions And One Must Maintain Appropriate Distances From The Vehicles In Front Of You.
  • SnoClaws Are Ideally Suited For Those Drivers That Travel In Fresh Deep Or Packed Snow On The Highway And Do Not Travel Off-Road
  • For Rear Wheel Drive Vehicles, Place On Rear Wheels
  • For Front Wheel Drive Vehicles, Place On Front Wheels
  • For AWD Vehicles, Consult Owners Manual
  • For 4×4 Vehicles Place on Rear Wheel or All Four Wheels
  • Sold in a set of two (one for each side)

So, the SnoClaw is a very safe and practical solution. Safe to use on paved roads, and even safer to use on snow and ice covered roads. This means tire chains for snow are now a thing of the past, the SnoClaw is the way to go.

Summary

The Chattanooga Police Department is so impressed with the GoClaws and SnoClaws that they conducted a braking distance test to see how it performs compared to regular tires and tire chains for snow. The Ashville, NC police and fire department use GoClaws and will never use chains again. Get your fleet outfitted today. Buy Now

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