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Recent snow posts got me thinking. Do you guys have any set rules on winter tyres where you are?

In the UK it's down to each driver to decide, whereas in the Czech Republic it's a legal requirement to run winter tyres between October and March.

Special tire regulations for winter exist in mountain passes of the United States like Colorado.

There they can enforce one of two regulations at any time.

Traction Law requires one of the following.

  1. Tires with a mud and snow designation (M+S icon) and 3/16” tread depth
  2. Winter tires (mountain-snowflake icon) and 3/16” tread depth
  3. Tires with an all-weather rating by the manufacturer and 3/16” tread depth
  4. Chains or an approved alternative traction device

Chain Law

When the Passenger Vehicle Chain Law is in effect, every vehicle must have chains or an approved alternative traction device.


Commercial vehicles are required to carry chains from September 1 to May 31.
 

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No legal requirement in Canada to have winter tires during winter. But it's a reeeeeeeally good idea.
They're mandatory in Quebec Dec 1 - Mar 15 :D When they became mandatory in 2008, there was a shortage of snow tires in Canada until the 'becers all had theirs.
My insurance company gives a discount if I install four winter tires, but I only drive about 5500 km a year. Not worth it to me to pay to swap tires twice a year, or worth the wear and tear on the aluminum wheels.
 

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