While not legal or sustainable whatsoever, this is a pretty great hack if you’re in a serious jam and need chains– plastic or otherwise.
The California Highway Patrol however is not giving this guy (or girl) any props but instead have said this practice of using zip-ties as chains could land you with a fine or worse– in a ditch.
“Can officially say we have never seen this before. Seriously don’t be this guy! Zip ties! These will not suffice as traction control devices.” – CHP – Truckee
That said, the ski bum hack commonly used for getting oneself out of a snowy driveway (not long distance drives over mountainous passes), is actually taking the snow tire market by storm in the form of ZipRipGo.
Find out more info here: ZipRipGo