Sometimes you have to move when it's snowing

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Winter is coming; it is already snowing on Washington’s mountain passes. Here is something you will want to consider when moving across the mountains during the winter months.

According to WSDOT beginning Nov. 1, state law requires commercial vehicles and combinations of vehicles heavier than 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating to carry sufficient tire chains. This law also affects some larger passenger trucks, SUVs, recreational vehicles and trucks hauling trailers that exceed 10,000 Gross Vehicle Weight. That includes Moving Trucks, both “U-Haul” and commercial van lines.

State Patrol troopers will strictly enforce the Nov. 1 deadline. The Washington State Patrol will have a special chain-emphasis patrol in early November to ensure drivers are carrying the appropriate number of chains, including spares. Failing to carry chains will cost drivers $124.

When highway advisories call for chains, drivers who don’t chain up will face a $500 penalty. Some vehicle manufacturers recommend against the use of tire chains, so the State Patrol provides a list of approved, alternative traction devices when chain requirements are in place. Drivers are encouraged to visit a tire dealer to learn more about tires that provide traction and are legal for year-round use.

Alwaysknow before you goand get the most recent roadway information, winter-driving tips, car-preparation advice and information on the Washington State Department of Transportation’s winter driving website.

Moving is work enough without the hassle of being “stuck” or fined because the truck and driver are unprepared!