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Old 09-04-2016, 08:21 AM   #1
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Tire Chain Laws

Does anyone know which states require chains to be carried? Or do they all? We are planing our first winter down south this year.


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I was curious and found this link...

Tire Chains - AAA Digest of Motor Laws


I am curious, are you speaking about putting chains on a motor home?
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I was curious and found this link...

Tire Chains - AAA Digest of Motor Laws


I am curious, are you speaking about putting chains on a motor home?
All of our Alaska friends carry them.
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Does anyone know which states require chains to be carried? Or do they all? We are planing our first winter down south this year.
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Tire Chains - AAA Digest of Motor Laws
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According to that link tire chains are "permitted" in every state except Hawaii..... but it says nothing about where and when they are "required" to be carried in a motor vehicle.
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The states that have high mountain passes usually require chains to be carried in order to pass through. That does not mean you have to use them as if the weather is bad and there is alot of snow/ice on the road you are better off getting off the road and wait for it to be cleared again.

I have a set of cable chains in my tool bay and never intend to use them unless I get caught in bad weather and need them to get to a safe place to stop. If I am stopped and asked if I have them I can say yes I do.
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In Washington state, during the winter months, if you are driving over a mountain pass and over a certain weight. Cannot remember weight limits right now... You are required to carry chains.


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The important thing about chains is unless you are already a confident winter driver in the mountains, and have the full measure of respect of the road conditions and when to fold your hand and wait it out, and know intimately your equipment and its condition, carry chains while visiting those states that require you to have them if you must during winter conditions, and do everything you can to avoid the times and places where you would need them.

I chained up last November to get into Yosemite because I have years of winter driving experience on the West Coast in the mountains, know how to install the chains properly and their limitations, and had the respect and confidence to not only make the trip, but to know when to give up and turn tail. It took almost three hours to get to Yosemite Village from the West Entrance, not counting the time it took to install or remove the chains.

WA, OR, and CA will require chains to be carried over some roads for some vehicles, or all vehicles, depending on conditions. Please note I said "carried", not necessarily used. There will be some road conditions where DOT workers or police officers will be checking if you have the chains you will need for your vehicle before you will be allowed to continue. If you travel down a road where you should have been carrying chains, and don't have them, and cause a crash, you can be cited for an equipment violation.

So my advice is have them, and try like heck not to be somewhere at a time when you need to use them if you can avoid it. Not necessarily because you'll have a problem, but because you gotta share the road with lots of other folks, and one of them can really ruin your trip.

If you decide to buy chains, I might suggest you buy them from a company that will buy them back in the Spring if you don't use them. Les Schwab is one such business that does this. Call ahead to make sure they have them, or can order them for you when you arrive.

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Well thanks for all your replies. I certainly don't want to use chains, or even have to carry them around I was just wondering if I had to have them. If the roads got that bad that I required chains I would just wait it out. It's a lot less stress if your not trying to push the weather. It appears as though there are only three states I have to worry about and will probably not be visiting those in the fall, winter or spring.


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I have gone over the Siskiyou mountains in Oregon several times in the winter. I wait until midday when the road is clear of snow and ice.

I've also gone over Donner summit in the Sierra's in the winter, again waiting until it was clear of snow and ice.

I do not carry chains.

The only time time I've seen them check for chains was when it was snowing back in the days when we went skiing and I put chains on my car then.

You couldn't pay me to drive a motorhome in snow and ice, chains or not.

So I'd suggest not buying chains and waiting until the roads are clear.
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I'm confused, if you're going down south for the winter why do you need snow chains?
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