Colorado is known for many things, but cold, snowy winters are by far the most notable image. Everyone here is familiar with driving in the snow, but there are new drivers and new Coloradans each year. It helps to take some time to refamiliarize yourself with the basics, like:
Make sure your tires are safe
Traction in snowy weather is extremely important. It’s so important that Colorado has a specific law about ensuring your traction in certain conditions. In fact, The Traction Law is in effect from September 1st to May 31st on a stretch of I-70.
Traction law demands that any and all vehicles on the roads of Colorado maintain some form of enhanced traction tire, including:
- Mud and snow tires
- Winter tires
- All-weather tires
Additionally, drivers may opt for a 4WD vehicle or use approved traction devices, such as chains, on any vehicle they drive.
Prepare the rest of your car
Tires are essential, but the rest of your vehicle has to be winter-ready as well. This means you should check your:
- Windshield wipers
- Power systems
Visibility and power are survival necessities in the deep Colorado snow. Many also pack a bag of emergency gear, including blankets, jackets and flashlights.
Simplified driving techniques
According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, most spin-outs and slides occur when drivers attempt to turn, accelerate or brake in combined actions, such as braking into a turn or accelerating around a corner. Keep driving actions simple.
Driving slower allows you more time to react to new situations. Every time you get into the car this winter, ensure that you are only going as fast as is necessary, not as fast as possible.
You can only control your actions
If other drivers on the road do not pay attention to the conditions and you are hurt. As a result, you have every right to take legal action.