CDOT launches new “Winter Driving in the Wild” video series


Educational videos serve as entertaining reminders for safe winter driving

IN THE STATE – CDOTs Wise winter The campaign is launching “Winter Driving in the Wild,” an educational video series that will raise awareness of the laws, preparations and resources for safe and efficient winter driving. The series introduces the dos and don’ts of Colorado winter driving through documentary-style wildlife mini-films. “Winter Driving in the Wild” kicks off as CDOT prepares for winter travel, and the department hopes the series serves as a humorous and educational reminder on how to stay safe through winter.

The series includes videos on passenger vehicle traction law, tire and snowplow safety, winter preparation tips, and a winter driving resource guide. CDOT will be releasing new editions of the series during the winter.

“Motorists who are unprepared for winter road conditions create dangerous situations for themselves and everyone on the road, not to mention the prolonged delays we see due to skids, skids and accidents,” he said. said Andrew Hogle, CDOT’s public information officer. “We’re excited to launch the ‘Winter Driving in the Wild’ series to share these crucial messages and have fun with Colorado drivers at the same time. “

Having the correct tires with the correct tread depth is the first step motorists should take before choosing to drive on winter roads. Between October 2020 and April 2021, 262 passenger vehicle accidents were reported on the I-70 mountain corridor, in addition to 91 collision-free emergency interventions (mechanical problems, fires, drifts / skids). Many of these crashes, skids and slips were due to poor quality tires.

Having the right tires is not only safe; it is also the law. Last winter, the CDOT activated the Passenger Vehicle Traction Act 166 times on the I-70 mountain corridor alone. The CDOT can enforce the traction and chain laws of passenger vehicles on any national road.

During a Passenger Vehicle Traction Act, all motorists are required to have one of the following:

  • A 4WD or AWD vehicle and 3/16 ” tread depth
  • Tires with mud and snow designation (M + S icon) and 3/16 ” tread depth
  • Winter tires (mountain-snowflake icon) and 3/16 ” tread depth
  • Tires rated all-season by the manufacturer and 3/16 “tread depth
  • Chains or other approved traction device

The CDOT conducted a survey of the Passenger Vehicle Traction Act in January 2020 which found that rental vehicles were the most 95% compliant vehicle type, and out-of-state vehicles were the least. 86% compliant. The main reason for non-compliance: insufficient tread. Download the compliance infographic at for a visual summary of the report.

“The traction law is activated for the sake of safety and efficiency,” Hogle said. “If everyone on the road has the right tires and tread, then we will see fewer accidents and reduce delays. That’s the goal – we want every Colorado motorist to get home safely without causing long term closures or delays. These laws and guidelines help us ensure that. “

For the latest winter driving tips, information and resources, visit

Whether you’re a native, a new resident, or a tourist, winter driving in Colorado can be dangerous if you’re unprepared. As we move into the winter months, CDOT would like to remind all road users in Colorado of the following tips for staying safe.


  • Have a plan. Prepare an emergency vehicle kit for the winter. Always plan your route in advance and be sure to let someone know your route and ETA. Check the road conditions on
  • Check your tires. It’s tire shopping season! Make sure you check the air pressure in all tires, including your spare tire, and that your tires have good tread – at least 3/16 “.
  • Perform a security check. Give your vehicle a tune-up before long journeys. This includes changing the oil if necessary, inspecting the battery, brakes, pads and wiper blades. Make sure you have a full tank of gas and, finally, check your headlights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency turn signals and interior lights.
  • Know the laws. When the weather conditions justify it, the CDOT applies the laws on traction and the chain of passenger vehicles. Head to CDOT traction and chain laws page for the most recent laws.


  • Drive for the conditions. Don’t drive faster than you can see in front of you and don’t forget to turn on your headlights! If you get caught in a big storm, don’t leave your vehicle. Run the engine periodically and wait for assistance.
  • Bow to the plow. It is forbidden to overtake a snow plow when it activates its lights and operates in tandem with one or more snow plows. Do not overload the plow, be sure to stay three to four car lengths behind the plows.

Travelers are advised to “know before you go”. Gather information about the weather forecast and anticipated travel impacts and current road conditions before you hit the road. CDOT’s resources include:

CDOT’s Winter Wise campaign focuses on education, tools and resources to help keep drivers safe on Colorado’s winter roads. For more information and helpful tips for winter driving, visit For specific information on I-70 and other freeway traffic conditions, motorists can call 511 or check Additionally, drivers can check Twitter for up-to-date travel information via @ColoradoDOT. For more detailed information on passenger vehicle traction and safety laws, snow plow laws, safety statistics and frequently asked questions, visit

CDOT‘s Whole system-All security The program has a simple mission: to get everyone home safely. Our more than 3,000 employees work tirelessly to reduce the rate and severity of accidents and improve the safety of all modes of transportation. The department manages over 23,000 miles of highway lanes, over 3,000 bridges and 35 mountain passes. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of agencies, including metropolitan planning bodies, local governments, and airports. It also operates Bustang, the state-owned interregional express bus service. Governor Jared Polis tasked the CDOT to rely more on the state’s intermodal mobility options.

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