The mountains of Colorado are popular destinations for travelers from all over the country. Most of those who visit these high altitudes during the winter months know that they will likely encounter snow-covered roads. Winter weather can be treacherous for motorists and present many challenges. Here are some winter driving tips to help motorists arrive safely to their destinations.
Look farther ahead
On snow-covered or icy roads, drivers need to anticipate their moves. Typically, the slicker the road gets, the farther down the road drivers should look. Try to allow for greater stopping distance and slow down when approaching a curve.
Dealing with skids
It can be easy to panic when the vehicle starts to fishtail or skid. Keep in mind that even big skids can be managed. If the vehicle starts to slide or skid, the driver needs to look where he or she wants the vehicle to go and steer in that direction. Never steer against the direction of the skid, as this could cause the vehicle to spin out of control.
As a general rule, do not brake hard on slick or snow-covered roads. However, most vehicles these days are equipped with anti-lock braking systems (ABS). With ABS systems, the driver can keep the brake pedal fully depressed, and the vehicle’s computer adjusts the braking force applied to each wheel. This allows drivers to steer around obstacles while braking, so remember to keep steering when applying the brakes.
Just slow down
During any snowy drive, the road conditions can change drastically, so just slow down. Driving safely and carefully in the snow takes extra concentration. Winter weather is responsible for thousands of car accidents every year across the country. Those in Colorado who are injured in car accidents caused by the negligence of another party have the right to pursue compensation through a lawsuit.