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State Tire Chain Laws & Regulations

The information below is a summary of state tire chain laws and regulations. For exact guidlines please refer to the appropriate state department of transportation web sites.

Alabama
Permissible to use tire chains or metal studded or safety spike tires of reasonable proportions upon any vehicle when required for safety because of snow, rain or other conditions tending to cause a vehicle to slide or skid.

Alaska
It is permissible to use tire chains because of snow, ice or other conditions that may cause a vehicle to skid.

Arizona
Permissible when required for safety because of snow, ice or other conditions tending to cause a vehicle to skid. If a mountain pass or other roadway is posted, vehicles must use chains because of immediate weather conditions. Then the vehicle must chain up or stop until the posting is lifted.

Arkansas
Chains of reasonable proportions may be used on any vehicle when required for safety. Pneumatic tires with flat-headed studs projecting 1/16 inch or less beyond the tread may be used on trucks up to 6,000 lbs in weight when required for safety on ice or snow.

California
California has no tire chain possession law but truckers "better not get caught without them" if the weather deteriorates. The Department of Transportation reserves the right to prohibit any vehicle from entering a tire chain control area when it is determined the vehicle will experience difficulty in safely traveling through the area. On any semi-trailer only one set of tire chains is required regardless of the number of axles. Tire chains on trailers my be staggered front to back. Chains are not required on tag axle. Some dual trailer configurations may be restricted from moving into a snow area when tire chains are required. You can also check out http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist3/departments/mtce/tireschains.htm

Colorado
Colorado's tire chain laws apply to every state highway, federal highway and interstate. Check out web sites http://www.dot.state.co.us/TruckPermits/commchains.cfm and http://www.dot.state.co.us/. The DOT says when the law is in effect, signs will be placed along roadways indicating which vehicles must chain up. Truckers can remove tire chains where bare pavement is encountered on a descending grade. Trucks must chain four wheels. Dual tire chains are an acceptable choice, but tire cables are not allowed. No tire chains are required on trailers, but Colorado will be monitoring the effectiveness of tire cables on trailer tires. Auto transporters must comply to the full extent of the chain laws. Colorado has 2 levels of law for commercial vehicles.

Level 1 - This level requires that all single drive axle combination commercial vehicles must chain up. All four wheels of the power unit axle must be chained. Cables are not allowed on single-drive axle combination vehicles as an alternative traction device. When level 1 (Code 17) is in effect, all other commercial vehicles must have snow tires or chains. Code 17 may be implemented at any time there is snow covering any part of the traveled portion of pavement on an ascending grade.

Level 2 - This level requires chains for all commercial vehicles, including all trucks exceeding 26,001 lbs. in weight, and buses or vehicles designed to carry 16 or more passengers. Auto transports must comply to the extent possible without causing damage to hydraulic lines. Buses need to chain only two drive wheel tires to comply. Level 2 (Code 18) may be implemented any time there is snow covering the entire traveled portion of the pavement on an ascending grade, or when road, weather, or driving conditions make this restriction necessary to protect the safety of the traveling public and to minimize road closures.

Connecticut
Studded tires and any other non skid devices may be used from November 15 - April 30.

Delaware
Studded tires are permitted from October 15 - April 15. Tire chains of reasonable proportions may be used upon any vehicle when required for safety because of snow, ice or other conditions tending to cause a vehicle to slide or skid.

Florida
No chains laws.

Georgia
It is permissible to use tire chains of reasonable proportions or tires equipped with safety metal spike studs upon any vehicle when required for safety because of snow, ice or other conditions tending to cause a vehicle to skid.

Idaho
Studded snow tires are permissible from October 1 - April 30. It is permissible to use tire chains. There are times when chains are required. Signs will be posted "chains required beyond this point" when the road is snow covered or icy. Check out http://itd.idaho.gov/ida-road/StuddedTire.03.htm

Iowa
Permissible upon any vehicle when required for safety because of snow, ice or other conditions tending to cause a vehicle to skid.

 

Illinois

Tire chains of reasonable proportions will be legal when required for safety because of snow, ice or other conditions causing vehicles to skid.

 

Indiana

When required for safety because of snow, ice or other conditions, tire chains of reasonable proportions may be used on the highways. From October 1 to the following May 1, a vehicle may use tires which have been inserted with ice grips or tire studs of wear-resisting material.


Kansas

Permissible to use tire chains of reasonable proportions upon any vehicle when required for safety because of snow, ice or other conditions tending to cause a vehicle to skid.


Kentucky

Permissible when icy road conditions exist.

Louisiana
Permissible to use tire chains upon any vehicle when required for safety because of conditions tending to cause a vehicle to slide or skid.

Maine
No tire chains laws. Studded tires prohibited May 1st to October 1st.

Maryland
In case of a declared snow emergency, chains will be required on certain designated highways. Studded snow tires are not allowed on vehicles having a registered gross weight of more than 10,000 pounds.

Massachusetts
Studded tires are permissible in Massachusetts between November 1 and May 1.

Michigan
Tire chains permissible upon any vehicle when required for safety because of snow, ice or other conditions tending to cause a vehicle to skid. Check out http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,1607,7-123-1586_27094-73839--,00.html#equipment

Minnesota
Permissible to use tire chains of reasonable proportions upon any vehicle when required for safety because of snow, ice or other conditions tending to cause a vehicle to skid.

Mississippi
Permissible to use tire chains of reasonable proportions upon any vehicle when required for safety because of snow, ice or other conditions tending to cause a vehicle to skid.

Missouri
No chain laws.

Montana
Chains are permissible from October 1 until May 1. Tire chains are not mandatory unless the department of transportation determines at any time that highway conditions are dangerous or unsafe. In this case the DOT shall place and maintain signs requiring the use of tire chains. They are then required on one set of drive axles.

Nebraska
Permissible to use tire chains of reasonable proportions upon any vehicle when required for safety because of snow, ice or other conditions tending to cause a vehicle to skid.

Nevada
Requires operators of all vehicles that have a gross weight of more than 10,000 pounds to install chains where highways are marked or posted with signs requiring the use of tire chains. Vehicles over 10,000 pounds are permitted in chain control areas when equipped with chains or Automatic Traction Devices on drive axles.

New Jersey
Vehicle tires may be fitted with tire chains of reasonable proportions when roads, streets and highways are slippery because of rain, snow, ice, oil, manner of construction or other reason; provided, however, that no tire chains shall be used at any time on improved highways when highway conditions do not make such use necessary for the safety of life or property. No person shall use any tire chains so constructed or installed as to be likely to be thrown so as to endanger any person or property.

 

New Hampshire
No tire chain laws.

 

New Mexico
Permissible to use tire chains of reasonable proportions upon any vehicle when required for safety because of snow, ice or other conditions tending to cause a vehicle to skid.

 

New York
Tire chains are required when a snow emergency has been declared.

 

North Carolina
Tire chains permissible upon any vehicle when required for safety because of snow, ice or other conditions tending to cause a vehicle to skid.

North Dakota
Tire chains may be used when necessary. Pneumatic tires with metal studs which do not project more than 1/16 of an inch beyond the tread surface may be used between October 15th and April 15th.

Ohio
Permissible when there is ice and/or snow on the roadway where you are driving or in the immediate vicinity, if you deem it necessary.

Oklahoma
Tire chains permissible upon any vehicle when required for safety because of snow, ice or other conditions tending to cause a vehicle to skid.

Oregon
Tire chains are required when conditions demand because of snow, ice or other inclement weather and signs are posted. For more information check out http://www.tripcheck.com/pages/

Pennsylvania
One set of chains or snow tires is required when vehicles are likely to encounter any adverse weather conditions which may require chains. They must consist of not less than five cross chains and must not project more than an inch on the outside surface of the wheel.

Rhode Island
Tire chains of reasonable proportions are permitted on any vehicle when required for safety because of ice ,snow or other conditions tending to cause a vehicle to skid.

South Carolina
Vehicles likely to encounter conditions requiring chains must carry them and have them ready for use.

South Dakota
Permissible upon any vehicle when required for safety because of snow, ice or other conditions tending to cause a vehicle to slide or skid. The secretary of transportation may restrict public travel any state trunk highway system to four-wheel drive vehicles or motor vehicles equipped with tire chains.

Tennessee
Permissible to use tire chains on any vehicle when required for safety because of snow, ice or other conditions tending to cause a vehicle to skid. Must carry one set of tire chains for all vehicles likely to encounter conditions requiring them.

Texas
May be used when required for safety because of a condition that might cause a vehicle to skid.

Utah
Vehicles likely to encounter conditions requiring chains must carry sets for at least one driving wheel on each side. Signs will designate when chains are required.

Vermont
No tire chain laws.

Virginia
Permissible when required for safety because of snow, ice or other conditions tending to cause a vehicle to slide or skid. Vehicles blocking traffic due to lack of tire chains may be fined.

Washington
The chain requirements are effective when the department of transportation has posted signs marked "chains required." On certain routes sufficient tire chains must always be carried on the vehicle from November 1 to April 1. The number of chains required varies, depending on the number of axles and vehicle configuration. At least two extra chains must be carried on the vehicle. For more information go to http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/commercialvehicle/chain_req.htm

West Virginia
It shall be permissible to use tire chains of reasonable proportions upon any vehicle when required for safety because of snow, ice or other conditions tending to cause a vehicle to skid.

Wisconsin
Tire chains may be used when required for safety because of snow, ice or other conditions tending to cause a vehicle to skid.

Wyoming
May be required when the superintendent or his authorized representative determines that travel is sufficiently hazardous due to snow, ice or other conditions.

Source: http://www.ortrucking.org/ChainLawSumm.pdf

Source: http://www.mntruck.org/pdf/Chain_Laws_1108.pdf

Source: http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/1608/tirechains.htm>

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