As the weather gets colder and winter starts descending, officials at the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) are warning drivers to start preparing for winter driving. Specifically, drivers, CDOT has noted that “the Traction Law (Code 15) and Passenger Vehicle Chain Law (Code 16) could be implemented if conditions require it.”
The Traction Law and Passenger Vehicle Chain Law
According to the Colorado Traction Law, all tires are required to have a least 1/8-inch of tread. Snow tires, mud/snow (M/S) tires or four-wheel drive can be necessary to get around safely in Colorado’s winter weather.According to the Colorado Passenger Vehicle Chain Law, all vehicles driven on the road are required to have chains or “an alternative traction device.”
While violating these laws can result in fines of $130, if vehicles also end up blocking the roads, motorists can receive additional fines of about $650.
Additional Tips for Preparing Vehicles for Winter
While preparing your vehicle to be in compliance with the above winter driving laws is important, so too is taking some additional steps to get your vehicle ready for the cold, challenging conditions of winter:
- Fill the fluids in your vehicle, and keep the top half of your gas tank full.
- Prepare a winter driving safety kit to keep in your vehicle. This kit should include an ice scraper, jumper cables, extra blankets, water and a shovel (among other things).
- Familiarize yourself with how to drive in icy conditions (if necessary).
- Get in the habit of checking the weather and your planned route before heading out.
- Consider changing your plans if or when the weather is especially harsh.
Getting ready now can be the key to staying safe later. As Greg Stacy, a CDOT superintendent, has explained:
Fall storm conditions usually mean slicker roads because the pavement is still warm and that can make for more driving challenges… Don’t get caught unprepared. Now is the time to get snow tires on and make sure your wipers are working and fluids are topped up in your vehicle.
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