It’s no secret that Colorado can have some harsh winter weather. Heavy snowfall during the winter months can wreak havoc on roadways throughout the state. Driving on ice and snow-covered roadways can be hazardous and not to mention intimidating. Here are a few driving strategies that motorists can use to help avoid car accidents when traveling on snow-covered roadways.
Clean the vehicle
Before taking to the road, be sure to clear off as much snow and ice from the vehicle as possible. Be sure to remove snow from headlights as well. Clean headlights will not only improve visibility for the driver, but it will make it easier for other drivers to spot the vehicle.
Driving on icy and snowy roads is all about slowing down. Drivers should always decrease speed to account for poor traction and maintain plenty of distance between other vehicles on the roadway. When braking, press the brake pedal very gently to avoid sliding. Make sure to also be gentle with the gas pedal when accelerating to avoid spinning the tires.
Use AWD or 4WD
When driving in the snow, all-wheel drive (AWD) or 4-wheel drive (4WD) will greatly improve traction. However, AWD or 4WD can also give drivers a false sense of security. Always keep in mind that snow and ice will affect the performance of any vehicle, so slow down.
Prepare for emergencies
Always be prepared for the unexpected. Pack emergency supplies such as food, water, blankets, flashlights and extra batteries before traveling in winter. Unfortunately, winter weather plays a factor in thousands of car accidents every year in Colorado. Those who suffer injuries or loss in car accidents due to the negligence of others can benefit by contacting an attorney. Damages awarded from a successful lawsuit could help with any financial losses that may have occurred due to an unfortunate accident.