Driving in the winter
We love winter in Colorado…the snow capped mountains, warming up by the fire, and driving a cozy car to get Lyft riders out of the cold. But there’s a lot more than that to keep in mind as a Driver in the winter. Wondering how you can earn more with a ski rack? Unsure of the new Colorado winter driving laws? Want a few tips for snow driving? We’ve got you covered.
Ski Rack Mode in Colorado
Ski rack mode is back! Earn more this winter by taking riders and their gear to and from the slopes. If you have a ski rack, or a truck bed (which qualifies as a ski rack), now is your chance to put it to work.
Ski rack mode is only live in the mountain regions. If you drive in Denver and the mountains, you’re welcome to opt-in but please note you will only receive these rides in the mountains.
Ski rack or box: If you have a ski rack you’d like to use in ski rack mode, it must fit at least 2 snowboards or 4 pairs of skis.
Installation: Your ski rack must be properly installed (not applicable for truck beds)
Opt-In: To begin driving in this mode, please fill out this form here.
If you drove for ski rack mode last season or have a qualifying truck bed, you were automatically opted into the mode this year. If you prefer not to give these rides, please opt-out here.
New traction & chain laws in Colorado
As of September 1, 2019, the Colorado Department of Transportation has enacted new winter driving laws across the state. Here’s what you need to know to be prepared:
What? – CDOT’s new law requires:
Two-wheel-drive vehicles to have either:
All-season tires with a mud/snow designation
Regular season tires accompanied by chains or Autosocks. These traction devices only need to be installed in adverse weather conditions.
Four-wheel or all-wheel vehicles to have:
A minimum tread depth of three-sixteenths of an inch. (The old law required just an eighth of an inch.)
When? – 100% of the time between September 1 and May 31st.
Where? – On I-70, between Dotsero and Morrison. This law applies to other highways as well, but only when there are adverse weather conditions.
Please visit CDOT’s website for more detailed information.
Driving in the snow
*We recommend AWD/4WD, snow tires, chains, and tread for all driving in Colorado winters
Call your rider to let them know you're en route. Winter driving conditions often cause slower driving speeds and longer ETAs, so greeting your rider on the phone can help their expectations.
Drive slow and steady. Just because you know how to drive in the snow doesn't mean others do. Take your time and be courteous to other cars. Arriving safely is more important than arriving quickly.
Use your turn signals. Roads are narrow with snow banks, so let others know you plan to merge unexpectedly.
Check your car before you go. Do you have windshield fluid, a shovel, and an ice scraper? Be prepared before you hit the road.
Safety first. No matter what the earnings and passenger demand, keep safety as your first priority. If you're feeling frustrated or uncomfortable, take a break.
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