National Geographic : 1918 Feb
Front Wheel Control Weed Chains on front tires of motor cars are as necessary as flanges on front wheels of locomotives The front wheel skid is the greatest cause of the many automobile accidents which keep the newspaper columns sprinkled with harrowing accounts. Appreciating this fact The Scientific American in the following editorial advocates the use of Tire Chains on the front as well as rear wheels: "The majority of automobile owners fit chains to the rear wheels only, and appear to consider this ample insurance, against accidents from skidding, but this practice is a doubtful economy, for, although the rear wheels, thus armed, may hold the road fairly well, the really bad accidents too often result from the inability of the driver to control the course of his machine. Any old bicycle rider knows that he can retain the control of his machine and maintain his balance when the rear wheels skids badly as long as the front wheel holds its grip on the road, but that he becomes helpless whenever the front wheel slides. The same conditions are true in the case of the auto mobile, but in an exaggerated degree, for its weight and the average speed both tend to make the grip of the front wheels on the road precarious, and a skidding front wheel is not much different from a broken steering gear in the possibilities of disaster. Recog nizing these facts, it is apparent that chains are fully as necessary on the front wheels as on the rear.' To use Weed Chains only on rear tires means to have your car only half protected. Put Weed Chains on all four tires at the first indication of slippery going and you will have quadruple protection against injury, death car damage _ >and law suits. "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."