WHAT TO CARRY ON WINTER TRIPS

Basic Winter Safety Gear

  • Ice scraper, snow brush, small shovel, tow chain, jumper cables

Break-Down Kit

  • Blanket, gloves, boots, warm clothes, flashlight, food, water, first aid kit, extra batteries, road flares, emergency cash

Chains

  • If the traction advisory requires chains, two-wheel drive passenger vehicles must install chains.  If WSDOT posts a chain advisory, law enforcement will require drivers without chains to turn around. Violators may be issued a citation. Remember, in extreme weather conditions, the chain requirement may include four- and all-wheel drive vehicles.
  • Vehicles over 10,000 gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), including some larger passenger trucks, SUVs, RVs, and vehicles towing trailers, must carry chains November 1 through March 31.

When chains are required, studded tires alone will not meet the chain requirement unless your vehicle is a four- or all-wheel drive vehicle.  Those traveling into higher elevations should carry chains and have approved traction tires year-round. 

Studded Tire Regulations

Washington allows the use of studded tires from November 1 through March 31.  More information is available at www.wsdot.wa.gov/winter.