SAFETY REMINDER: It's that time of year again! The unexpected can happen with snow and ice on the road.Colorado Department of Transportation has provided some tips for driving in winter weather:
Take a little extra time to clear your car of snow and ice before leaving for your destination.
There are three actions you do most when you drive: accelerate, turn, and brake. In winter weather, you should only do one of those actions at a time. Attempting more than one of these actions at once can cause slide-outs, spin-outs, and other harmful scenarios.
When traveling downhill, if possible, switch to a lower gear, and gently tap your brakes. This helps to avoid burning your brakes, and in winter weather, it helps keep traction.
Keep momentum when traveling uphill to avoid getting stuck.
When driving at night, keep your headlight beams low. High beams can amplify the appearance of snow and lead to decreased visibility.
Slow down – driving too fast for conditions causes most crashes. If you encounter a multi-car collision, stay in your car. You’re safer in your car than outside of it.
Follow Colorado’s Left Lane Law. No matter the season, keep right except to pass.
Signage is your best friend – look ahead and plan ahead for abrupt turns or stops.