It’s already looking a lot like Winter in the West and Northwest. Several states including Colorado, Utah and Wyoming are now requiring chains to be carried with a few more states that suggest chains be carried through Spring of 2019.
Many states have laws that require commercial vehicle drivers to carry chains, and any truck drivers who cause accidents or lane closures because they don’t use their chains can face fines.
The states that require chains are mostly those states that can have fast changing weather.
The law requires commercial vehicle drivers to carry chains while on the I70 Corridor, from Dotsero (MM 133) to Golden (MM 259) September 1 until May 31. The state provides about two dozen chain-up locations along the I-70 corridor.
Single drive axle combinations are allowed to use 4 tire chains, 4 autosocks, auto chains or sanders covering 4 drive tires. No cables allowed.
Tandem drive axle combinations are allowed to use 4 tire chains, 4 autosocks, 4 tire cables, 0.415 or greater; auto chains or sanders covering 4 drive tires if there are chains on the 2 outside tires of one of the drive axles, any type of tire cable may be used to cover the other 2 tires. Autosocks may also be used to cover the other 2 tires. Autosocks and tire cables can’t be used together.
Idaho suggests chains from October 1 to May 31, although the state can post signs during certain times while conditions are determined unsafe, requiring chains.
The state requires chains from October 1 to April 30 for all vehicles towing trailers greater than 10,000 GVW. Click here for more info on chain requirements for the state of Nevada.
Like Idaho, Montana suggests chains to be carried from October 1 until May 31.
Chains are required from Nov. 1 through March 31 for commercial vehicles with four or more drive wheels. The UT DOT provided an updated list of highways with severe winter weather.
The state of Wyoming requires chains from November 1 until March 31. Wyoming has two levels of restrictions. When conditions are extremely hazardous, under level 2, commercial vehicles must have chains on at least two of the drive wheels at opposite ends of the same drive axle.
Questions? Contact ACE Heavy Haul
ACE Heavy Haul’s Safety Team is ready to assist with driver education and training to ensure the company’s fleet is safe on the road and compliant with the latest laws, as well as up-to-date with road closures and construction. Contact us if you have more questions.