Gla­cial progress

Wheels (Australia) - - Stahl -

If ever there’s an au­to­mo­tive arena that tech­nol­ogy seems to have passed by – aside from wind­screen wipers, any­way – it’s got to be snow chains. Over the years, I’ve seen promis­ing starts with var­i­ous de­signs of moulded rub­ber and plas­tic web­bing or tex­tured ‘socks’ that fit like tyre-warm­ers. But none seems re­ally to have, er, gained trac­tion, partly be­cause many ski lo­ca­tions in­sist on the old-school, knuckle-bust­ing steel type for ‘chains re­quired’ ar­eas.

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