The True Cost of Steel Tire Chains

The True Costs of Steel Tire Chains

Broken Chains are Dangerous and costly. In some cases chains cost the ultimate price. We recommend SnoClaws or GoClaws to avoid some common problems associated with steel tire chains.

NYC: Patrolman Lehr and his partner were on patrol on the Grand Central Parkway when his partner began to feel ill. They pulled the car over at the station and the partner went inside, while Patrolman Lehr remained in the car. Unknown to the Patrolman Lehr, carbon monoxide was leaking into the car through a small hole in the trunk caused by broken snow chains.

When the partner returned a half hour later, he found Patrolman Lehr unconscious in the patrol car. Patrolman Anton Lehr died when his patrol car filled with carbon monoxide fumes. He died before reaching a hospital. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Patrolman Lehr and his family and friends.

Vehicle owners and fleet managers can avoid broken chains by using SnoClaws or GoClaws on their vehicles. Weight has no effect on SUPER TOUGH SnoClaws or GoClaws and are available for almost all tire sizes including cars, vans, trucks, garden tractors, big rigs, snow plows, garbage trucks, sand trucks etc. GoClaws also have a one year warranty! If they can stand up to EMS, Police, snow removal and Fire Department use they can stand up to what you have to use them for…

According to DSNY (Department of Sanitation NY), approximately 3,760 sets of snow chains were damaged during the NYC Department of InvestigationDecember 26, 2010 blizzard cleanup. (See Photo below of chains damaged in blizzard). Of the 3,760 sets of chains that were damaged, 400 pairs were able to be repaired, leaving 3,360 sets of chains that needed to be replaced. Additionally, approximately 679 sets of chains were lost in the street as they broke and fell off of vehicles, totaling 4,439 sets of chains damaged or lost. The number of chains damaged or lost by borough in ascending order is: 215 in the Bronx; 633 in Staten Island; 1,014 in Queens; 1,041 in Manhattan; and 1,536 in Brooklyn.

The number of broken chains is not indicative of the number of vehicles assigned to each borough during the blizzard. The total number of snow vehicles DSNY reported having assigned in the five boroughs as of December 26, 2010 in ascending order was: 291 in Staten Island; 390 in the Bronx; 464 in Manhattan; 813 in Brooklyn; and 856 in Queens. Based on numbers provided by DSNY, DOI determined that 44% of the snow chains deployed on snow removal vehicles broke during the snowstorm cleanup.

“According to DSNY, there were 3,760 chains that were damaged during the cleanup.”

“Additionally, approximately 679 sets of chains were lost in the street as they broke and fell off of vehicles, totaling 4,439 sets of chains damaged or lost.”

“DSNY, DOI determined that 44% of the snow chains deployed on snow removal vehicles broke during the snowstorm cleanup”