Is It Illegal To Use Snow Chains on Your Tires in Missouri?
I've been lucky that I have never needed to use chains on my car when I was a Missouri resident, but for those of you that do, can you legally?
Winter has just begun and we are about to get hit with snow and very windy conditions. For those of you that live out on country roads, the drifting of the snow may get to where your car might need a little help navigating the snow. So, is it illegal in Missouri to use snow chains on your car?
it’s completely legal to use chains and studded tires for snow in Missouri. However, they should only be utilized when necessary due to hazardous conditions, and should not cause any damage to road surfaces due to lack of snow and ice on the ground.
Missouri is one of six states that do not have a specific chain law. So when should you use chains? You will need to know if your tires are specialties with studs to help in wintery conditions.
For comparison, studded tires can conquer the worst winter conditions for which their non-studded counterparts may fall flat. However, they damage pavement and are costly to purchase and install.
So it looks like you will have to make a little investment not only in buying the chains for your tires but making sure that you have the tires fit for chains. Even at that, chains can damage the tire, so my suggestion is before you invest in chains do your research, talk to your tire guy and make sure that you NEED them for your vehicle.
I'll just stick to my 4x4 truck and save a little.
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