Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Chain Requirement Information

   Do you know what the different snow chain control requirements mean?  "R-0", "R-1", "R-2" or "R-3"?  Well, if you are planning on driving up to Big Bear during the winter, it is a good thing to know and be aware of!

                    CAL-TRANS CHAIN CONTROL REQUIREMENT LEVELS
                                                                             
                                                                            R-0
                                                                  No restrictions
                                                                            R-1
Chains or snow tread tired required.  Snow tires must have a tread depth of 6/32" -
                                        with an M&S imprint on the tire's sidewall
                                                                           R-2
Chains required on all vehicles, except 4 wheel drives or "all-wheel" drives with snow tread tires on all 4 wheels.  4 wheel drives MUST carry chains in the vehicle.  If you have  4 wheel drive, engage it.  Use 4-low only if your vehicle gets stuck
                                                                           R-3
                                Chains required on ALL vehicles, no exceptions

IT’S THE LAW: Carry tire chains at all times during winter travel in the mountains!

   It would be a good thing to purchase your chains before you start up the mountain, also.  A "lagre box" store like Wal-Mart, Target, or auto parts store like Pep Boys will have them.  They must match the size of your tires - EXACTLY (look on the tire side wall and write down the exact numbers/letters to match them up).  Also a good rule is to read your car's manual to see if they would be installed on the front or the rear wheels.

   When you are stopped at a "chain control" point, there will most likely be personnel there to assist you in putting on your chains; usually for a  nominal fee, if you are unfamiliar with how to install them.

   Remember, always use caution when driving on our mountain roads when we have rain, snow or icy conditions!  We want you to enjoy your trip to our beautiful mountains and come back again and again!

 

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