Why Tire Traction Laws?

Posted November 24, 2015

If you are a skier (and living in Colorado, even if you don’t ski, you probably know someone who does), you’re probably familiar with the gridlock of traffic into the mountains, especially I-70, during the winter season.

New tire traction laws in effect are an attempt to ease this congestion, but they can be confusing for drivers.

Winter roads in Colorado can be slick with snowfall and ice, especially in mountain passages and highways. Not all vehicles are equally equipped to make the journey.

Cars with low weight and loose traction can be spotted slipping and sliding on the mountain roads. This means lots of accidents on the road, cars slipping into ditches and highway mediums, closed lanes, emergency vehicles, and heavy traffic.

Traction laws are one way to keep drivers safe on winter roads. When the weather gets bad, these laws take effect. Vehicles traveling slick mountain passages are required to have tires that meet specific criteria for safety and traction on the roads. If conditions are bad enough, vehicles are even required to use alternate traction devices, like chains or socks.

Drivers who do not comply with the traction laws not only leave themselves at greater risk for a winter road accident, but may face a fine higher than $650.

Before your head to the mountains this winter, check your tires! Make sure you have enough tread to keep you grounded and in control on the icey roads. All-weather tires with mud and snow designation are a good option for Colorado drivers.

Our technicians can help you check the condition of your tires, prepare your vehicle for winter, and help you choose the best tires for your vehicle. Call to schedule your next appointment:719.382.5691

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