Every winter, Coloradans are faced with the challenge of driving in snow. Here are some tips to help you navigate the roads safely this winter.
Before You Start Driving
When you know a storm is coming, try to plan your route in advance and leave yourself extra time to reach your destination. It's also a good idea to clear your car of any snow and ice before you start driving. In Colorado, you can be ticketed if your windshield is obstructed by ice and snow that hasn't been removed prior to driving. This simple tip will help improve your visibility and make it easier to avoid potential accidents.
If you get into an accident or your car becomes stranded, always stay with your vehicle. It will provide shelter in cold weather and make it easier for emergency personnel to find you if necessary. Also, make sure to keep a winter safety kit in your car including items like a blanket, extra food and water, a first-aid kit, and a flashlight. CLICK HERE to read our full blog on our recommended Emergency Winter Tool Kit For Your Vehicle.
During Your Drive
As you're driving, take things slow and be extra cautious. Remember that stopping distances double on icy roads, so give yourself plenty of space between you and the car in front of you. It's ideal to get to your destination before the Sun goes down because it's common for the roads to refreeze and ice over once the temps reach freezing. Also, if it's actively snowing, be sure to use your low-beam headlights, and don't forget to signal when you're making turns. By simply staying alert and proactive on the road, you will keep yourself and the drivers around you safe in these less-than-perfect weather conditions.
Driving in Colorado during the winter can be challenging, but by following these simple tips, you can help ensure a safe trip for yourself and everyone else on the road. From all of us at Quick-Set Auto Glass, drive safely out there!