Is it true, that investing in snow tires can save you some money on car insurance? How is it with legislation for snow tires in the United States? In the US there is no overlapping regulation for all its states. Why? Many Americans live in U.S states, where it never snows, and rarely gets below freezing. And the others? Most cities in the USA get some fresh snow in January, February and December. But remember, if your car is equipped with four (homologated) winter tires, you will be able to save up to 3-10% on your car insurance, depending on your policy and place you live!
Is it better and cheaper to use all-season tires or winter tires?
Firstly, you should know more about the snow tire law in your area. After that, you can find the best insurance company which is offering insurance discount for winter tires! The regulations (owning winter tires) can be different from state to state and region to region.
It is highly recommendable to use winter tires in the winter time, especially if you drive in the northern states!
Year (winter times)
|2014||March 9||November 2|
|2015||March 8||November 1|
|2016||March 13||November 6|
|2017||March 12||November 5|
|2018||March 11||November 4|
|2019||March 10||November 3|
|2020||March 8||November 1|
|2021||March 14||November 7|
|2022||March 13||November 6|
|2023||March 12||November 5|
Average annual snowfall for the snowiest large US cities:
|Rochester, New York||99.5||252.7|
|Buffalo, New York||94.7||240.5|
|Salt Lake City, Utah||56.2||142.7|
|Providence, Rhode Island||33.8||85.9|
|New York, New York||25.1||63.8|
snowfall source: www.currentresults.com
States with no tire chain laws...
Some states have no tire chain laws at all. There are no chain laws in Florida, Vermont and ever Washington, D.C. Other US states have more specific laws regarding tire chain and use of snow tires.
- Washington, D.C.
- New Hampshire
State’s specific guidelines (winter tires)
|CA||No specific dates for chains, but signs will be posted when chains are required|
|CO||Commercial vehicles traveling on certain roads must carry chains from Sept 1 to May 31|
|CT||Studded tires & non-skid devices may be used from Nov 15-April 30|
|ID||No specific restrictions, it is advised to avoid it unless necessary|
|KY||May not be used unless road is ice-covered or vehicle has an ice shoe at least 6 in wide. Limit on diameter & spacing|
|MA||Permitted from Nov 1-May 1.|
|MD||Required when snow emergency has been declared, not allowed on vehicles weighing more than 10,000 lbs|
|MN||Permitted when road conditions call for it. Studded pneumatic tires not allowed on state registered vehicles|
|MT||Permitted Oct 1-May 1, not mandatory unless notices are posted. Specific regulations for studded tires.|
|NE||Metal studs only permitted November 1-April 1. School buses, mail carrier vehicles, and emergency vehicles are permitted year round.|
|NV||Required on all vehicles over 10,000 lbs when requirements in effect. Studded tires permitted between Oct 1-April 30|
|NY||Required when snow emergency has been declared.|
|OH||Only permitted between Nov 1-April 1, except for public safety or school bus|
|OR||Required on vehicles over 10,000 lbs when SNOW ZONE signs are posted.|
|PA||Permitted between Nov 1-April 15, restrictions on size of tires or studs|
|TN||Permitted Oct 1-April 1, specific regulations on percentage of wire or other material that comes in contact with the road|
|UT||Between Nov 1-March 31, if signs are posted, vehicles must have chains or snow tires.|
|WA||Signs marked "chains required" will be posted. On certain routes chains must be carried from Nov 1-Mar 31|
|WY||Signs will be posted indicating when chain laws are in effect, must use adequate snow tires or chains|
Investing in snow tires can save you money...
All-season tires are probably fine if you live in a state where it rarely snows and the temperatures are mild - southern states. Now you know, how to reduce your car insurance premiums in 2017! Simply by owning winter tires. But remember, this discounts on car Insurance are available only in some US states! As we already said, there are many insurance companies and local insurance agents who already offer a discount for installing snow tires on your car. These insurers have such conditions: all 4 tires must be installed with winter tires, and must be installed from month to monts (November to April / November to February), depending on US State!
Top winter tires for 2017
What are the best snow tires for winter 2017 in the United States? Read reviews and winter-tire test to find the season's best studless snow-and-ice tire. Winter tires are a very important safety components of any vehicle you are planning to drive on snow-covered US roads. Do you know, Which Brands Make the Best Tires and which of them offer Durable Snow Tires Under $100? You can try Nitto NTSN2 Winter Tire (huge grip in that nasty ice and snow).Continental WinterContact SI
- Michelin X-Ice Xi3
- Nokian Hakkapeliitta
- Pirelli Winter Sottozero
- Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3
- Bridgestone Blizzak
The best snow tires must have strong grip on snow and ice, provide a comfortable ride, long durability and satisfactory warranty!
|SNOW - CROSS LAP TIME||SNOW ACCELERATION||SNOW BRAKING||ICE BRAKING||PRICE||GRAND TOTAL|
|Max Pts. Available||40||20||20||20||10||150|
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Ask for better quotes - onlineThe states with the cheapest car insurance has average rates for this vehicle around $0 dollars, and the states with the most expensive rates are around $2 a month/year. The right discount can save you hundreds of dollars off your car insurance bill. Auto insurance companies in New York, Buffalo, Cleveland, Utah, Minnesota use rating factors, to determine how much to charge you for coverage. These rating factors include: the make, model and year of your Land Rover, Toyota, Ford and similar vehicles.
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Minimum insurance requirements
New York law requires that you have auto liability insurance coverage. The minimum amount of liability coverage is
- $10,000 for property damage for a single accident
- $25,000 for bodily injury and $50,000 for death for a person involved in an accident
- $50,000 for bodily injury and $100,000 for death for two or more people in an accident