Everything you need to know about snow chains

Despite having all-terrain tires, there are some weather and road conditions where they just aren’t enough. Adding a snow chain to your vehicle can provide the extra traction and stability you need to navigate icy roads. In some states it is even required by law to use them under certain conditions. So, when should you put on chains and what laws should you be aware of?

When should you use snow chains?

A Fiat car with a tire chain attached for driving conditions in winter and snowy weather
A Fiat car with a tire chain | Giovanni Mereghetti/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

According to The Trucker, the laws around the use of snow chains vary from state to state, but in general you should only use them when necessary. That means if you’re driving in deep snow, on icy roads, or through mud or other slippery conditions, chains can help improve traction and prevent your vehicle from getting stuck.

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