These states allow studded tires

Studded winter tires provide ultimate safety in ice and snow. However, some states do not allow their use. This is based on the idea that studs can harm road surfaces and lead to quicker deterioration.

However, not all studded tires are created equal. Nokian Tyres, the inventor of the winter tire, uses Eco Stud cushions in our newest studded products, such as the Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta 10. This allows our flagship Hakkapeliitta tire line to be as road-friendly and eco-conscious as possible, helping keep drivers and roads safe at the same time.

The studded Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta 10 comes in passenger, SUV and EV versions

Where can you legally drive studded tires? Here's a comprehensive list. Please note that most states have restrictions on when studs can be used. Here's a more detailed guide.

  • Alabama
  • Alaska 
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii -- Only in the Mauna Kea area
  • Idaho
  • Illinois -- Studs are only allowed for rural mail carriers and people with disabilities who live in unincorporated areas
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland -- Only in certain counties
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota -- Only allowed for rural mail carriers
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio 
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin -- Only for emergency vehicles, school buses, and mail delivery vehicles
  • Wyoming

The following states either completely or mostly ban studded tires:

  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin

Drivers who are barred from using studs in their states need not fear: Nokian Tyres non-studded winter tires are crafted to deliver peace of mind on wintry roads, too. Tires like the new Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta R5 are infused with cryo crystals that help deliver optimal traction on snow and ice.

Even if studded tires are allowed in your state, they may not be the best solution for your winter driving needs. Here's a helpful guide to determine whether you should buy studded or non-studded tires.

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