Ask a trooper: January 7, 2015


Question: I’m embracing for the long haul of winter and I have a question. Can I put tracks on my pickup and drive them on the highway? They are quite expensive and I’d like to know before making the purchase. Thanks!
Answer: For rubber tracks, here’s what Minnesota State Statute 169.72 says – “Every solid rubber tire on a vehicle must have rubber on its entire traction surface at least one inch thick above the edge of the flange of the entire periphery.” So as long as the solid rubber tracks meet that criteria and do not cause damage, they would be allowed on road surfaces in Minnesota. As for metal studded tires, that’s another topic and I’ll write about in next week’s article.
The law in regards to wheel flaps and fenders would still apply. If the tracks stick out beyond what the original fenders cover, fender flares would then be required. I believe it’s always best to do some research before purchasing any aftermarket item. When in doubt, contact your local law enforcement agency and ask them. This is one of the services I try to provide.
A portion of state statutes was used with permission from the Office of the Revisor of Statutes. If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Trp. Jesse Grabow – Minnesota State Patrol at 1000 Highway 10 West, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2205.  (You can follow him on Twitter @MSPPIO_NW or reach him at,