How do you get the best traction for your 2WD truck in snow?

Pickup truck in snowBy Frank Ling

In some parts of the country snowy and icy road conditions are a real problem during the winter months for passenger cars.

But if you own a truck and have to brave the elements to haul things around for work, do errands around town, or just getting from point A to point B, it can be a challenge at best and downright dangerous at worse.

This is especially true if your truck has a rear two-wheel drive. So what can you do to make your journey safer?  Need to know how to make your 2WD truck get more traction in the snow?

Tires count

High Traction Snow TiresMany truck enthusiasts discuss this topic all around the country, and online forums provide a wealth of information and advice. A popular remedy is to change to better traction tires especially made for winter.

Some truck owners always have a set of these stored away for the winter and have them mounted for the snowy months.  There are several snow tires designed for the best traction available through nearly every major manufacturer, especially for trucks.

Tire chains

For snowy roads some swear by the use of  tire chains. They are a lot cheaper than buying a set of snow tires, and the only downside is the installation; if you don’t have good chains, it may take a while to put them on.

tire snow chainsThere are new inventions that claim to offer performance better or equal to using tire chains without all the hassle. These gadgets are either “easy to install” chains or devices that clip onto the hub of your wheel and have spokes which grip onto your tire.

Whether these devices really work or not is up for debate, but if you do purchase one of these widgets, make sure that there is an iron clad warranty or full guarantee refund policy on the items.

Add some weight for traction

A tried and true method for getting more traction that many truck owners use is to merely add some weight to the truck bed. The amount of how much weight you add varies with the load capacity, so adjust this accordingly.

The ways of doing this are varied and some have adopted ingenious ways to do this with a minimum of aggravation.

55-gallon drums

55 gallon drumOne of the easiest methods to add weight is to fill one or more 55-gallon metal or plastic drums with water. Water weighs about 8 pounds per gallon, so a 55-gallon drum will weigh about 440 pounds.

Because water may freeze during the winter months, don’t fill them completely to the top to allow for the ice to expand.

When the cold season is over, all you have to do is empty the water from the containers by flipping them over.

sand bags and concrete blocks for traction

Concrete blocks

Some pickup truck owners load up their vehicles with a pallet of concrete blocks.

This provides some even weight distribution and when winter is over, they use the blocks for construction jobs or DIY projects around the house.

Sand bags

This is one of the most common ways to add weight and traction to your truck, but can be a bit messy if the bags break. But it is a cheap and effective way to give more traction to your rear tires.

Get another truck

If the annoyance of having to load up your pickup every winter has become too much trouble, buying a truck that has 4WD (four-wheel drive) or front wheel drive can help you barrel through snow. But if you do, don’t forget to bring along some chains, just in case.

You can defray the cost of that new or used truck purchase by selling your old one. can help you with this and provide great service and a great price for your old truck.

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