With November in full swing, many of us have turned our attention to the exciting holiday season that awaits us, and of course, the shift into winter weather. Already, the daily weather forecasts are starting to mention the dropping temperatures and possibilities of snow. While we look forward to all the enjoyable activities our Colorado winters bring, it’s also a good idea to start thinking about winterizing our cars, and remember some safe-driving tips for the snowy and icy roads that loom on the horizon.
Anyone who’s lived in Colorado for very long is well aware of the quick weather shifts that can turn a gorgeous sunny day into a windy blizzard in just a few short hours. Despite this unpredictability that we see over the winter months, there are a number of steps you can take to make sure you don’t get caught in a storm unprepared.
Stock your car with the proper supplies for winter travel:
- Plenty of windshield wiper fluid
- Scraper and snow brush to maintain proper visibility
- Proper attire, including coat, hat, and gloves
- Emergency kit including first aid equipment, flashlight, matches, and non-perishable food
Take your car to the shop before the winter weather hits and make sure it’s in good condition. In particular, make sure that your tires have a good tread.
Plan your trips carefully by paying close attention to weather forecasts and checking road conditions before travelling.
If you do get caught driving in bad weather, make sure you follow some basic safe driving tips:
- Drive slowly, particularly when accelerating or braking
- Avoid using cruise control
- Increase the amount of distance between your car and those in front of you
Following basic safety principles and preparing yourself ahead of time can go a long way in ensuring that all the upcoming winter travels are safe.