Tire Chains for Heavy Vehicles - Are they in compliance with laws in the U.S?

Written by Leonard D'Orlando,

The short answer is yes. Tire chains are used over many industries by owner-operators and national fleets worldwide. Read more to find out about chain laws in your area!

Compliance with prevailing laws are always a concern for drivers especially when traveling across borders. As with any mode of transportation, being informed about the laws and regulations at your destination are a necessary part of your travel preparation.


Tire Chains – Legal or Illegal?

While chain laws vary by state and country, Onspot Automatic Tire Chains are DOT approved in all 50 states and approved for use in chain control areas. However, this does not mean that you won’t encounter misinformed enforcement officials.

Take for example driving over the mountain passes on the I-70 corridor in Colorado. We hear from drivers that receive thumbs up on one side of the mountain and are stopped on the other side. This is not a right or wrong situation; it is simply the need to be informed and prepared for driving in winter conditions and in chain control areas. Experienced drivers learn to navigate these situations but new drivers need to be ready for when these circumstances arise.

Preparation is Key

When traveling through multiple states/provinces and countries, preparation is key, particularly in winter conditions. Drivers must prepare their vehicles for whatever conditions they may encounter.


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Leonard D'Orlando

About Leonard D'Orlando

Leonard has six years with Onspot Automatic Tire Chains in North America. Four years as a field technician on the East Coast and two years as a Regional Sales Manager. During the four years as a field technician Leonard provided install and maintenance training to dealers. Leonard also performed fleet reviews for customers and provided technical service support. An alumnus from the University of Maine, Leonard graduated with a B.A. in English and a concentration in Education. Leonard also attended Texas State Technical College where he earned an associate’s degree in automotive mechanics.


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