Oregon Chain Law
During the winter months and through mountain pass areas, it's important to be safe and know the laws regarding chains on your vehicle. Here are some resources to guide you:
- When signs tell you that chains are required on all or certain types of vehicles, chains must be placed as generally described below. Specific information on chain requirements is listed in Oregon Administrative Rule Chapter 734, Division 17. To view the administrative rule go to: Definitions for Chains or Traction Tires
- When you drive in winter conditions, you may see signs telling you to carry chains or traction tires and when you are required to use them. In some areas, lighted message signs also will advise you about chaining up. To view the signs or learn more about Oregon's chain law and the vehicles that may be exempt from it go to Oregon's Chain Law.
- Winter Travel Tips - Chains and Traction Tires
ODOT's TripCheck is a great resource to see road conditions via real time cameras in Oregon. On the welcome page, look for the “blue dots” on your intended route of travel. The blue dot represents a “weather hazard.” Click on the blue dot, and it will open up a dialog box that contains specific information, such as "Severe Weather Hazard", current temperatures, if there is current requirement for chains to be carried only, or if there is a requirement that chains are actually on the truck. It will also show when it was last updated. This is as close as we can come to “real time” notification of current chain requirements in Oregon.
ODOT often provides news releases concerning road conditions in a weather event: