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A Guide to North Dakota’s Traction Laws

North Dakota's winter weather can be especially treacherous for those who are not equipped to handle inclement conditions. While ensuring that your vehicle is properly maintained is essential, drivers may also choose to swap out their usual tires for those more suited for snow and ice. In some states, these are required for travel in certain areas, also known as traction laws.

What are Traction Laws?

Traction laws are implemented by states to ensure that drivers can safely maneuver through inclement weather conditions. Often these include restrictions on what tires to use or the addition of snow chains on vehicles.

Despite seeing high frequencies of snow and ice in the winter, however, North Dakota does not have any specific tire laws for inclement weather; tire chains are also not required but may be used when necessary. Studded tires may be used from October 15 to April 15.

Keeping Yourself Safe During Winter

Even without designated snow tire laws, it's just as essential to know how to handle yourself on the roads during inclement weather. The North Dakota Department of Transportation provides these tips for winter driving:

  • Check the weather conditions before you leave the house.
  • Keep a phone in your vehicle.
  • Tell someone when you plan to leave the house and when you expect to arrive at your destination. Letting them know what route you plan on taking is also recommended.
  • Keep extra layers in your vehicle just in case.
  • Keep your fuel tank full.
  • Do not use cruise control on wet, icy, or snow-covered roads.

It's also important to keep these safety measures in mind regardless of how long you plan to be on the roads:

  • Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained and serviced.
  • Check the forecast before leaving for longer trips or driving in a different area.
  • Test your brakes at slower speeds when conditions are slippery.
  • Drive slowly and allow plenty of time to arrive at your destination.
  • Your safety should never be compromised, especially during this time of year. Incorporate some of these tips into your trips, and have a safe winter season!

Minot Personal Injury Attorneys

It’s essential to keep in mind that bad weather does not absolve drivers from accident liability. Know that you can still pursue a personal injury claim against a driver who acts negligently in snowy or icy conditions. Contact Pringle & Herigstad, P.C. today to discuss your legal options by calling (855) 245-5100.

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