With the changing weather, days are getting colder and colder. The winter is around the corner and it is vital to make sure your car is ready for the snow full weather. Every Colorado driver must know traction and chain laws.
Car tires are the most important as it is one of the first things that needs to be changed if not ready for the winter season. The old but gold method of tire check always works, the penny test. It is a check for tread depth, uneven wearing. However, there is the “quarter test” which is effective in the same way.
Another thing to pay attention to is the hose of the vehicle. You need to make sure they are not swollen or closed.
And one of the worst winter issues is the poor battery. Mechanics suggest checking them before winter starts.
Here is a small list to always have in the car in the winter:
- Extra battery – It can be needed in every minute as the cold weather can cause the dead battery. Also, batteries for flashlights.
- First aid kits- This can be used in case of emergency and in case of your auto just broke down in the middle of the road.
- Windshield scraper- In case, the snow will stick on the front window.
About Traction and Chain Laws
The traction law includes the must of having either snow tires, all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive and another traction device. If caught without above-mentioned versions or with summer tires with less than 1/8th of an inch, the fine can be almost $700, in case of blocking and making a traffic or causing an accident.
Under the passenger vehicle chain law, every single vehicle on the road must have chains and, of course, another traction control device.
The fees for the violations can reach up to $700 in case of an accident or road blockage.
Take care and drive safe, Colorado Springs!