Ski season is starting and the mountains will soon be packed with outdoor enthusiasts wanting to take part in all that Colorado has to offer. As winter approaches, Colorado weather can change quickly and often unexpectedly. Be prepared for the weather to change when moving from city to mountains; while sunny in the Denver Metro area, it is not uncommon for buckets of snow to be falling on frozen roads atop Vail Pass. Whether a Colorado Native or a tourist coming to visit: stay safe and stay prepared.
Roads can become icy and frozen very quickly, especially as the temperature drops. Before driving, make sure the vehicle is in good operating condition with tire tread at least at 3/16’. Make sure the heater and defroster are in good working order, and windshield wiper fluid is topped off. Lastly, make sure to have a full tank of gas and good brakes. Plan the trip ahead of time and allow plenty of time to get where needed. Weather can change quickly in Colorado, and conditions can worsen without notice. Planning ahead means having the ability to know the route and destination. When the roads get icy the last thing needed is rushing. CDOT has a variety of traffic cameras that allows drivers to watch the roads and see the conditions, giving a better idea of what to expect.
While cruise control makes things easier, avoid it when the weather is bad. If the car starts to skid, the cruise control being set can mean continued spinning of wheels for it to keep to the predetermined speed. The number one cause of accidents in winter is driving too fast for conditions, so slow down and don’t tailgate. Ice on the road can be deceptive and hard to spot, avoid hard braking and instead ease off the brake and downshift. Take wide turns to avoid getting stuck in snowy shoulders and never stop on hills. If heading into the mountains or away from cities it is best to have a car survival kit with extra water, blankets, candles/flashlights, jumper cables, a shovel, and cat litter. Lastly, when driving near bigger vehicles like semi trucks, stay back and never cut one off. Getting in front of a truck and slamming on the brakes in icy conditions can lead to severe accidents.
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