It feels like winter has arrived this week! Brrrr…
Just a reminder that Colorado laws changed this year, especially for winter driving in the mountains. You must have good tires! CDOT is very specific about the amount of tread required, chain laws for four vs. two wheel drive vehicles, etc. See CDOT Tips and Chain Laws below (reference CDOT Winter Driving).
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Wishing you safe winter driving this year!
Winter Tire Tips and Chain Laws for Drivers (Per CDOT)
EQUIP YOUR CAR WITH SAFE WINTER TIRES
Bald or worn tires cannot grip the road and can be extremely hazardous – think of tires as your lifeline in a car; the few square inches of rubber contacting the pavement is all that is between you and potential trouble
In one day last winter, CDOT assisted 22 vehicles that spun out and blocked traffic or caused an accident- 19 out of those 22 had bald tires
WANT TO KNOW IF YOU NEED NEW TIRES? TAKE THE QUARTER TEST!
Insert a quarter into the tire tread upside down, with Washington’s head going in first
If the top of George’s head is covered by the tread, your tires are OK – do this test at multiple points around each tire
If the top of his head is visible at any point around the tire, you need new tires
FOLLOW COLORADO’S CHAIN LAWS
When a Chain Law is in effect for passenger vehicles under 26,000 gross vehicle weight, you must have:
Snow tires with minimum 1/8″ tread, or
All weather tires with mud and snow (M/S) mark with 1/8″ tread, or
Four-wheel drive with 1/8″ tread tires, or
Traction device (chains, auto-sock, etc.)
Signage along the highway will alert drivers when a Chain Law is in effect.
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