Snow Traction Devices

If driving on snowy or frozen roads, mount winter tyres, or tyre chains; reduce speed; and maintain sufficient distance between vehicles when driving.

Be particularly careful when operating the steering wheel or brakes to prevent skidding.

Use tyre chains, winter tyres, or all season tyres when necessary or according to the law.

When mounting, refer to the following points.

For winter tyres:

  • Select the size and load ranges that are the same as the original tyres.
  • Mount the tyres to all four wheels.

For tyre chains:

  • Install them on the front tyres only.
  • Because your vehicle has limited tyre clearance, we strongly recommend using the chains listed below:
Original Tyre Size*1
Chain Type
175/70 R14
175/65 R15
RUD-matic classic 4716674
185/55 R16
RUD-matic classic 48479

*1:Original tyre size is mentioned on the tyre information label on the driver’s doorjamb.

  • Follow the chain manufacturer's instruction when installing. Mount them as tightly as you can.
  • Check that the chains do not touch the brake lines or suspension.
  • Drive slowly.
Using the wrong chains, or not properly installing chains, can damage the brake lines and cause a crash in which you can be seriously injured or killed.

Follow all instructions in this owner’s manual regarding the selection and use of tyre chains.

Traction devices that are the wrong size or improperly installed can damage your vehicle's brake lines, suspension, body, and wheels. Stop driving if they are hitting any part of the vehicle.

When tyre chains are mounted, follow the chain manufacturer's instructions regarding vehicle operational limits.

Use tyre chains only in an emergency or when they are legally required for driving through a certain area.

Use greater caution when driving with tyre chains on snow or ice. They may have less-predictable handling than good winter tyres without chains.