How to Drive on Snow and Ice
Prepare your vehicle
It is important to know your local snow tires regulation so you do not get a ticket.
However, if you live in a state where winter can affect the road conditions or can make driving very difficult because of snow or ice, snow tires can be a “lifesaver”.
You should definitely consider getting good snow tires.
If your vehicle is a “rear wheel drive, then be careful because these vehicles often lose control and traction over ice, so having a good set of tires can keep you safe on the road.
Plan to get your snow tires well in advance. Once there is snow on the ground, it will be hard to find a tire shop with open space to put some wheels in your car.
How early should you put the snow tires in your car? As soon as your state allows you to. Check out the chart below for a list of your state snow tires regulation.
Snow Tires Regulation(Permissible Dates to Use Studded Tires)
|Alabama (AL)||Rubber studs permitted. Metal Permitted only during bad weather.|
|Alaska (AK)||Rubber studs permitted Sept. 15 – May 1 N of 60° or Sept. 30 – April 15 S of 60°|
|Arizona (AZ)||Oct 1 – May 1|
|Arkansas (AR)||Nov. 15 – April 15|
|California (CA)||Nov. 1 – April 30|
|Colorado (CO)||No Restrictions|
|Connecticut (CT)||Nov. 15 – April 30|
|Delaware (DE)||Oct. 15 – April 15|
|D.C.||Oct. 15 – March 15|
|Florida (FL)||Rubber Studs Permitted|
|Georgia (GA)||Snow Tires Regulation, Not Permitted|
|Hawaii (HI)||Not permitted|
|Idaho (ID)||Oct. 1 – April 30|
|Illinois (IL)||Not Permitted|
|Indiana (IN)||Oct. 1 – May 1|
|Iowa (IA)||Nov. 1 – April 1|
|Kansas (KS)||Nov. 1 – April 15|
|Kentucky (KY)||No Restrictions|
|Louisiana (LA)||Not Permitted|
|Maine (ME)||Oct. 2 – April 30|
|Maryland (MD)||Not permitted except in Western counties, Nov. 1 – March 31|
|Massachusetts (MA)||Nov. 2 - April 30|
|Michigan(MI)||Rubber Studs Only|
|Minnesota (MN)||Not permitted except for non-residents who are subject to restriction|
|Mississippi (MS)||Not Permitted|
|Missouri (MO)||Nov. 2 – March 31|
|Montana (MT)||Nov. 1 – May 31|
|Nebraska (NE)||Nov. 1 – April 1|
|Nevada (NV)||Oct. 1 – April 30|
|New Hampshire (NH)||No restrictions|
|New Jersey (NJ)||Nov. 15 – April 1|
|New Mexico (NM)||No restrictions|
|New York (NY)||Oct. 16 – April 30|
|North Carolina (NC)||No restrictions|
|North Dakota (ND)||Oct. 15 – April 15|
|Ohio (OH)||Nov. 1 – April 15|
|Oklahoma (OK)||Nov. 1 – April 1|
|Oregon (OR)||Nov. 1 – April 1|
|Pennsylvania (PA)||Nov. 1 – April 15|
|Rhode Island (RI)||Nov. 15 – April 1|
|South Carolina (SC)||Permitted only if they do not project more than 1/16” when compressed|
|South Dakota (SD)||Oct. 1 – April 30|
|Tennessee (TN)||Oct. 1 – April 15|
|Texas (TX)||Rubber studs only|
|Utah (UT)||Oct. 15 – March 31|
|Vermont (VT)||No restrictions|
|Virginia (VA)||Oct. 15 – April 15|
|Washington (WA)||Nov. 1 – April 1|
|West Virginia (WV)||Nov. 1 – April 15|
|Wisconsin (WI)||Not permitted except for non-residents who are subject to restriction|
|Wyoming (WY)||No restrictions|
1. Driving Tips (1 to 5)
2. Driving Tips (6 to 10)
3. Driving Tips (11 to 15)
4. Winter Driving Tips for your car
5. Winter Driver Tips for the driver
6. Winter Car Accidents
7. Snow Tires Regulation
8. Traffic Ticket eBook
9. Beat your Speeding Ticket
2. Do I get out of the car?
3. Do I move the car after the crash?
4. Do I have to call the police after an accident?
5. What to do while waiting for the police!
6. What to do when the police gets there?
7. What to do if the paramedics come to the scene of the accident
8. Should I go in the ambulance from the vehicle accident scene?
9. Should I go to the emergency room after an accident?
10. Do I have to report the claim?