There are only a handful of jurisdictions that mandate winters tires during the cold season. The Michelin Easy Grip and Silent Spike are genuine alternatives.
In North America, and despite nearly 50% of its population dealing with frigid wintery driving conditions, only the Province of Quebec requires by law that its citizens equipped their cars with proper winter tires.
This leaves a huge portion of the driving public covering ground on all-season tires. On top of this, we’re convinced that a large percentage of these tires are well- to very worn out. As parts of the country brace themselves for another dumping f snow and all that good stuff, here are a few suggestions to regain and maintain grip.
These composite snow chains slide onto the tires and are fastened with a simple central clip. There are other similar types of snow chains or socks, but the Michelin Easy Grip Evolution look to be the quickest and easiest to install.
This is an alternative to the Michelin Easy Grip. We like this setup because the spikes are made of urethane and are, as the name indicates, silent. They require more time to install however the wheel needs not be turned to complete the installation.
There are countless other options and this one caught our attention. These “spikes” require an included adapter but once they are mounted to the wheel, installing the actual “chains” is a far quicker process than the other two methods. We also like the remote-control activation. Here’s a video with subtitles to help understand how they function. Our concern here is the remote’s reliability and the chains’ ability to actually help on icy surfaces.
Bottom line, a good set of winter tires is always the safest bet.