We’re copying the Washington Department of Transportation’s blog post regarding when to chain up your tires while crossing a mountain pass.
Now that winter is here, the passes will be getting regular snowfall. Washington laws regarding when to use chains on your vehicle depend upon the type of vehicle and the circumstances.
It is of great importance that drivers understand and utilize chains when needed. Failing to use chains is the main cause of accidents and stuck vehicles on the pass. When these things occur, the Department of Transportation often has to shut down all traffic to address the situation, causing huge delays. The penalties for failing to drive with chains when required include a $500 fine.
The WSDOT article states:
This is a great time to remind you what the requirements are:
What if your car has smaller wheel wells and can’t take chains? Or the manufacturer doesn’t recommend chains? Well, you’re in luck. The State Patrol has compiled a list of approved alternatives you will need to use in place of chains. Not every “tire sock” chain alternative is approved as meeting our state standards, so check the WSP list before you make a purchase.
As always we have a great online toolkit to help prepare you for travel this winter, as well as our communication tools to use before you head out the door or while you’re on the road:
So remember: if you’re heading over Snoqualmie Pass this winter, make sure you and your vehicle are prepared to travel in the ice and snow and you understand and follow the chain requirements.