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Truck drivers have a very hard job, in fact, when we talk to many of them, they recognize it and many agree that you have to like being a truck driver, otherwise you don`t last long doing this job. The work gets even tougher when winter rolls around, and many states have very strict laws. The following are the states with the strictest laws regarding the use of chains:

Colorado is the state with the strictest chain laws. The Colorado Department of Transportation will let you know when to chain through road signs. If dangerous weather conditions are detected, truck drivers must chain all 4 traction tires to comply with the law. Chains are required from September 1 to May 31.

The state of Nevada does not require commercial drivers to carry chains. However, they are required to chain when there is snow or ice on the road, which will be indicated to you by road signs.

California also does not have a specific period in which chains are required, but when you see the signs that require chaining, all vehicles weighing more than 6500 pounds must do so if they wish to continue. If you don`t have chains, the CHP might put you a ticket.

According to Washington state chain law, all vehicles weighing 10,000 or more must carry a minimum of 2 extra chains in case weather conditions require it or if their chains break or do not work. Drivers traveling more than 600 miles on some freeways or highways must have enough chains from November 1 to April 1. The fine for not wearing chains is $ 139 and for not chaining $ 503.

In Oregon, the chain law applies to all highways in the state. During winter, messages on the road warn drivers when the use of chains is necessary. In some areas illuminated messages warn you when to chain. Starting September 25, the minimum fine for failing to chain if required is $ 880.

We recommend that you be very careful in the winter season. Even if you have a lot of experience, do not trust yourself, and obey the warnings. If you think that the conditions are very dangerous, please stop the vehicle. Let the storm pass and carry on. Your life is more important than any load. May God be with you.

Safety at the Wheel


Edic.: 173
Autor: Juan Peña
Date: 12/2021