6 Tips for Truck Drivers in Colorado

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1.  Check driving conditions on the traveler information phoneline from CDOT.  Know about closures, restrictions and adverse weather conditions: 303-639-1111 from within Colorado, 1-877-315-7623 from outside of Colorado

2.  Carry adequate chains if driving through the Western I-70 corridor during months that may bring winter storms:  “Starting September 1st, all commercial vehicles traveling on I-70 between milepost 133 (Dotsero exit) and milepost 259 (Morrison exit) must carry sufficient chains to be in compliance with the Colorado chain law. The law requires commercial vehicles to carry chains on this segment of I-70 from September 1st to May 31st.”

And if storms aren’t incentive enough, so are the fines: “The fine for not carrying chains between mileposts 133 and 259 on the I-70 corridor during the specified time season is $50 plus a surcharge.  The fine for not chaining up when the chain law is in effect is $500 with a surcharge.  The fine for not chaining up and subsequently blocking the highway is $1,000 plus a surcharge.”

3. Know which highways there are limitations for commercial vehicles, oversize vehicle and overweight vehicles on this detailed list.

4. No Oversize Movement is EVER allowed where the Chain Law is in Effect. – CDOT

5. Pilot cars in Colorado need to be certified by passing the pilot escort course in Colorado or states that Colorado recognizes, have the correct insurance coverage, and driving record must pass.  Details for each are on the website

6. Find rules for transporting hazardous materials on the Colorado State Patrol website

7. Watch for rocks. Colorado Geological Survey says  “Be extra alert during three particular times on Colorado’s highways: spring thaw, after heavy rains, and at night”

The Nearest Truck Stops in Northeast Colorado

Many of our frequent renters at Colorado Secured Storage are truckers needing to store trucks or trailers between trips.  Nobody knows the highway systems in Colorado as well as the truck drivers that traverse the state.  But are you sure you know of all the truck stops in Northeast Colorado, within the communities surrounding Colorado Secured Storage?  We have compiled a list of truck stops in Northeast Colorado from FindFuelStops.com – some including weigh stations, gas, or overnight parking.


Firestone Convenience

I-25 Ex 240

Firestone, CO


Tomahawk Truck Stop

I-76 Ex 16

Brighton, CO


Love’s Travel Stop

I-76 Ex 31 (Hwy52)

Hudson, CO


Johnson’s Corner Truckstop

I-25 Ex 254 (SE Frontage Rd)

Johnstown, CO


Weigh Station


Platteville, CO


Sunmart #507

US85 & US34

Evans, CO


Agland Inc


Greeley, CO

Wal-Mart Supercenter


Greeley, CO

Commerce City

Diamond Shamrock #4074

I-270 Ex 4

Commerce City, CO

Pacific Pride

I-270 Ex 2b

Commerce City, CO

Sapp Bros

I-70 Ex 278 Or I-270 Ex 4

Commerce City, CO

Commerce City Travel Center #148

I-70W/I-70E Ex 278/277 Or I-270 Ex 4

Commerce City, CO

Have one for the list? Please comment with any in the area that we might have missed.