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. Unsure of the new Colorado winter driving laws? Want a few tips for snow driving? We’ve got you covered.

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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

  • Snow tires


  • 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.

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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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