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The driver of a commercial vehicle shall affix tyre chains on at least two (2) drive wheels of the vehicle to opposite ends of the same driving axle if the vehicle is required to use tyre chains in accordance with this paragraph. The driver of a commercial vehicle equipped with four-wheel drive or more other than a bus shall affix tyre chains to at least four of the driving-wheel tyres. Winter is fast approaching, which means that higher areas are already receiving snow. Therefore, this is an important time for truckers to familiarize themselves with the laws on chains in the states that normally operate them. The rules for tire chains in Alaska can vary depending on the geographic region and season: if the tires dig in the snow, they can also dig in the roads under the snow/ice layer, especially if they are thin. If this happens, it can also damage your tires. Almost every state in the United States has laws regarding the use of tire chains or winter tires. These laws dictate when you can, should, and should use tire chains, and when it`s not allowed. Some states will install signs or declare a snow emergency to indicate that tire chains are needed. Other states leave it to the driver, but point out that the chains can be used if conditions warrant it. South Dakota`s DOT has the power to restrict travel on the roads.

Signs will warn you of these restrictions. Failure to comply with the restrictions could result in a conviction for a Class 2 offence. Tire chains or “sufficient traction devices” are allowed. You don`t have to wait for the signs to tell you to put on your chains. Chains are also allowed if there are conditions that tend to cause a slingshot. Be careful, as Tennessee is sending mixed signals with its regulations. A regulation states that it is “allowed” to use snow chains if conditions warrant it. Elsewhere, however, the voluntary state requires that any truck “likely to meet conditions” carry at least one set of chains. Any commercial vehicle over 10,000 lbs. The total permissible weight must carry chains from November 1 to April 1 if you drive on one of the following routes: If this level is reached, all other commercial vehicles must be equipped with tire chains or winter tires.

This level can be implemented at any time when snow is covered on one of the busy parts above the roadway on an upward slope. Snow ropes are lighter and easier to put on and take off than snow chains, but snow chains seem to offer more traction. Snow cables are more commonly used with 4WD than 2WD snow chains. Requirement 1 (R1) – Chains, traction devices or winter tires are required on the driving axle of all vehicles except all-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles. If New York City authorities, whether state or local, display a route as an emergency snow route, all vehicles on it must have winter tires and/or chains. There are no special features that dictate the number of channels or placement. To be effective, Paul says, tire chains should only be used on more rural roads with several centimeters of snow. He says they are not needed in more urban conditions because plows remove most of the snow from the roads.

Chains are only allowed if necessary due to safety issues such as rain, ice or snow. You can get permission to use studded tires on the Arizona Highway from October to April. Tire chains, sometimes called snow chains or winter tire chains, are a common choice. A quick search for “winter tire chains” on the AutoZone website gives options ranging from $30 to over $450 in prices. These states allow the use of tire chains when they are necessary for safety during periods of snow, ice, or any other condition that can cause slippery highways: Gene Petersen, tire program manager for Consumer Reports, agrees with this assessment. Petersen, who evaluates and tests tires for the magazine, says snow chain tires have “many disadvantages.” North Dakota also allows metal bolts within 1/16 of an inch beyond the tread from October 15 to 15. April. The use of tire chains is allowed if it is necessary for safety reasons during periods of snow, ice or any other condition that can cause slippery highways. If you do not chain your truck when the law is in force, the fine will be $500 plus an additional $79.

If you don`t put on chains and end up blocking the highway, the fine goes up to $1,000 plus an extra $157. A tandem drive axle tractor must have chains on two tyres on each side of the main driving axle (in other words, the four tyres of the main axle); or If the Chains Act is in effect due to snow, ice or other conditions, driving on a road may be limited to use only by engines. However, chains may not be used at any time on improved motorways if road conditions do not require such use for the “safety of life or property”. Tire chains are used in various industries by operators and national fleets around the world. Read on for more information about tire chain laws in your area! Vehicles shall not be fitted with tyres with metal studs, wires, spikes or other metal elements protruding from the tyre tread from 1 May to 1 October. Outside of this period, there is nothing in the law regulating the use of tire chains, and this period can be extended if necessary, except that the use of tire chains is allowed if necessary for safety in times of snow, ice or any other condition that could cause slippery roads. Yes, tire chains can be used for safety in winter weather conditions.