Wondering what the law is for tire chains in your state – or Canada?  Check out these great articles from Land Line Magazine:

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Several western states (like California, Oregon and Washington) have chain laws that require carrying and/or using winter traction devices at certain times or under certain road conditions.

In these states, failure to carry and use winter traction products as prescribed by local authorities can result in fines and/or penalties. These chain laws are the most complicated for commercial vehicles, specifically tractor-trailer combinations.

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Although chain laws vary by state, the most representative is California’s diagram showing requirements acceptable in any jurisdiction.

Please click here for the California Chain Requirements chart. Tire chains, cable chains and other winter traction devices are legal in every state and province in North America.

All legal authorities recognize the difference between “studded tires” and other winter traction devices. Some states and provinces limit the use of studded tires or outlaw them completely because studs are considered to be a permanently attached device which contributes to expensive damage to the road surface over time.Tire chains, cable chains and other similar traction devices are considered “temporary” because they are installed only when needed. They do not represent the same kind of threat to road surfaces.

California tire chain regulations