Just in case

October 2018

Land Line Staff


Most states allow you to use chains if you need them. There is regulatory language consistent among several states that says you can use chains “of reasonable proportions … on any vehicle when required for safety because of snow, ice or other conditions tending to cause a vehicle to skid.”

These states have regulations expressly allowing the use of chains but do not regulate their use beyond allowing them for safety:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

In general, states don’t want chains coming into contact with bare roads. However, if you need them for safety because the roads are covered with snow or ice, you’ll probably be OK to run them.