Winter Driving: Traction Laws, Vehicle Prep and Other Tips

October 26, 2018 10:51 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

At Superior Towing, we pride ourselves on our reliable services when customers need winter emergency towing in La Salle, CO. Our customers know that, when winter weather hits, we’ve got their back. But we want to do what we can to keep our customers safe on Colorado highways this winter, so we’ve put together information on a few tips and laws you should know to stay safe.

Traction law

If winter weather and road conditions require it, Traction Law (Code 15) and Passenger Vehicle Chain Law (Code 16) may be implemented:

  • Traction law: Motorists will need snow tires, tires with med/snow (M/S) designation or a four-wheel drive vehicle. All tires must have a minimum of 1/8 inch tread.
  • Passenger vehicle chain law: Every vehicle on the roadway must have chains or an alternative traction device.

Failing to adhere to these laws when implemented could result in a fine of $130. If your vehicle blocks the roadway, the fine could be more than $650.

Vehicle prep

During the winter, especially if you know winter weather is on its way, it’s important to do a vehicle inspection before you hit the road. Here are a few things you should check for:

  • Tire tread: Insert a penny in your tire tread upside down, with Lincoln’s head going in first. If the top of the president’s head is covered by tread, your tires are okay. If not, you should get new tires.
  • Gas: You don’t want to run out of gas and be stranded in a snowstorm. Plus, if your gas level gets too low in subzero temperatures, your gas line can actually freeze. To avoid this, be sure that your gas tank is always at least half full during the winter months.
  • Windshield wiper fluid: During the winter, it’s a smart idea to use an antifreeze windshield washer fluid. This will help prevent ice buildup and ensure clear visibility during cold weather and snowstorms.

Other tips

Finally, the best thing you can do to be safe during winter driving is plan ahead. Here are a few things you can do to make sure that you are safe and well prepared for winter driving:

  • Check the weather: Know what the forecast is and stay home, if possible, if road conditions will be bad.
  • Have an emergency kit: It’s important to have a kit of supplies in case of an emergency. A flashlight, warm blankets, water, food, shovel and an ice scraper should all be part of your winter emergency kit.
  • Drive slowly: It’s better to be late than not show up at all. If the road conditions are bad or you’re faced with poor visibility, drive at an appropriate speed for the conditions.

Don’t be caught in a ditch this winter. Plan ahead, be safe and follow these tips to ensure that you have an accident-free winter. If you do find that you need a tow, however, be sure to call Superior Towing, your local provider of winter emergency towing in La Salle, CO!

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