Everything you need to know about snow chains

Despite all-terrain tires, there are some weather and road conditions where they just don’t cut it. Adding a tire chain to your vehicle can provide the extra traction and stability you need to get through icy roads. In fact, in some states, it’s a legal requirement to use them under certain conditions. So when should you put chains on and what laws do you need to obey?

When should you use snow chains?

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

According to The Trucker, laws regarding the use of tire 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 improve traction and prevent your vehicle from getting stuck.