Tips to drive safely during winter weather in Colorado

On Behalf of | Nov 8, 2022 | auto accidents, blog |

Winters in Colorado are often dangerous for driving due to snow and black ice. Remain safe this winter when driving on Colorado’s roads by slowing down, driving only when necessary, leaving plenty of room between vehicles, using the right tires and equipment and preparing your vehicle for winter.

Slow down

The roads quickly become hazardous when it snows or sleets. Dangerous weather can make for slippery driving conditions, especially at higher speeds. During a snowstorm, you should aim to travel at least 10 miles per hour under the posted speed limit. It could help avoid a potentially deadly crash.

It would be best if you also took care when slowing down in preparation to stop. For example, if driving on a slick road, you should avoid slamming on your brake and instead ease your foot off the gas pedal to slow down before you come to a complete stop.

Only drive if absolutely necessary

If there’s a particularly heavy snowstorm, you should only drive if necessary. Otherwise, it’s best to stay home. Moving in the middle of a storm can be risky, especially with limited visibility.

Give plenty of room

While driving in the winter, it’s crucial to give plenty of room between your vehicle and the one in front of you. That extra distance could prevent a disaster such as a rear-end collision. In addition, with that extra bit of space, you will be better able to stop safely.

Switch to the right tires

Some tires cannot handle wintry weather and quickly lose their grip on the road. As a result, your vehicle might begin to slip and slide on icy road surfaces, and you might lose control of your steering if you have the wrong kind or if they’re worn. You can prevent this from happening by getting snow tires or all-weather tires.

Winterize your vehicle

In addition to having the right tires, you should winterize your vehicle in other ways. Go to your local mechanic to get your car checked out and have any parts that need attention changed or upgraded. You will also want to carry an ice scraper and a small broom.

Slow down, use your best judgment and prevent weather-related accidents this winter.