Originally Posted by MastersRacer
California and Utah enforce chain laws and they are applied to non-commercial vehicles. I'd like to hear from our Cali and Utah friends as to how the equipment checks work there.
I totally agree with rental fleets needing to inform their customers. I'll bet may people renting assume they are getting something that is adequate for their trip up I-70.
NayBreak, are you a commercial tower? If so, where?
California snow operations plan, lots of details on how we do it
On I-80 in California there are chain checkpoints setup where ever the snow line is at that time
This may vary a lot on I-80 depending on snow level.
You need chains or 4WD with M/S tires to proceed, never seen it any other way on I-80
Vehicles not so equipped are turned around
Trucks require min to max chains depending on conditions
Trucks are checked for max chains in possession whenever there is a hint of snow in the forecast below the snow level
Truck may be held due to conditions at the truck chain checkpoint until conditions are safe for them to proceed up the pass
There is an off highway truck parking area at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn for this
Wide / Oversize loads are held at the Gold Country Fairgrounds
There is no way to skirt around the chain requirements, all on ramps have a checkpoint after the initial control checkpoint
It should be noted that nearly all California drivers suck driving in snow, chains slow drivers down, 4WD however allows them to wreck faster
The highway is still is slow and may close due to the interaction of cars vs. trucks, snow, and basic stupidity.
A Friday evening storm is a guaranteed S##tshow leave early like Thursday