Originally Posted by MacGyvR
So another question about chains.... When do you actually put them on? When roads are Icy do you throw them on, or before you head into deep snow?
Also, what do you do in this situation?
Other than trying to stop the car with your foot....
As you said, do NOT open the door and try to stop a vehicle with your foot, that's a great way to seriously hurt yourself. When your tires are locked like that, you lose any steering control of the car, although it's counter-intuitive, you should turn the steering wheel and try to get the front tires to pull you out of the slide (that's an AWD Subaru in the video, doesn't work for 2wd trucks obviously). If that happens to you in a rear wheel drive truck, steer out of it as best you can but if you're just uncontrollably sliding, sometimes there's not much you can do...
As far as chains, put them on before you head into the deep snow. As far as road conditions, it's a judgement call. They ride very very rough on plowed roads so I wouldn't use them there personally, unless it's a desolate area where getting stuck is a very serious situation. Tire chains are for more extreme conditions, good snow tires will get you through just about any traveled and plowed road and even some that are not plowed.