New to Colorado? Here are Some Winter Driving Tips
Colorado is famous for its beautiful, snow-capped mountain scenery. It’s known worldwide for its powdery snowfalls, as well as its ski and snowboarding slopes. But with those gorgeous winter scenes comes snowy, icy, and slick roads. For those who are new Colorado residents, or who are even visiting Colorado for a fun-filled ski trip, these roads can be extremely hazardous.
If you’ve made Colorado your new home, or are just in town for a quick visit, you’d do well to learn some basic winter driving tips.
- Slow down and be patient. If you’re on your way to an exciting ski day in the Colorado mountains, you want to get there as soon as possible. But during storms or times when roads are covered with snow or ice, driving fast is a quick way to get hurt. Drive slowly, especially around turns or windy mountain roads. Slow down way more than you normally would. You’ll be glad you did.
- Avoid any distractions. Distracted driving is a real issue. This includes scrolling on your smartphone, fiddling with the GPS, turning up your music’s volume, and even talking to the passenger next to you. Distractions like this are dangerous no matter the season, but can be especially deadly during the winter. Distracted driving plus icy roads makes the situation even worse. Do yourself a favor and wait until you get to your destination. Better yet, leave the smartphone scrolling to your passengers and focus on the road.
- Give them some space. Tailgating is a problem in the summer, fall, winter, and spring all over the United States. But when the roads are slick and snowy, tail-gating can be dangerous not just for you and everyone in your vehicle, but for the people around you as well. Resist the temptation to tailgate, even if the person in front of you is crawling up the road. They’re just trying to drive safely on snowy roads, and you should be too.
- Brakes might not slow you down. Your car has brakes for an obvious reason—to slow down your car. But on icy winter roads, they might do the opposite for you. If you find yourself slipping and sliding around a turn or while driving up a hill, don’t simply slam on your brakes. If you have standard brakes, try pumping them. If you have anti-lock brakes, keep a steady pressure on them. This will help you maintain control of your car and keep the sliding to a minimum.
- Pay attention to road signs. During the winter season, especially on roads leading up to the ski slopes, road signs aren’t just there to add a pop of color to the white winter scenery. Bridges and overpasses can, in fact, become icier during the winter. You really do need to reduce your speed when going around sharp turns. Keep an eye out for any signs along the road and do your best to obey them.
Learning how to drive in Colorado winters can be intimidating. But if you stick to the above basic tips, you’ll be safer and more likely to end up at your destination without a dented vehicle. If you or someone you know were involved or injured in a car accident in Colorado, Bachus & Schanker, LLC are here to help. Our personal injury lawyers can help you understand your rights, as well as help you get the best legal help you could receive. Contact us today to get the support you deserve.
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