Colorado is home to winter weather. The state is hit with heavy precipitation every winter, leaving drivers facing dangerous road conditions from October to May.
Whether you call Colorado home or plan to visit, keep the following winter weather driving tips in mind. They could save you and keep your family safe from injuries on Colorado’s roads and highways.
If you or your loved one were injured in a winter weather accident due to someone else’s negligence, an experienced car accident attorney may be able to help. Reach out to our Denver car accident attorneys immediately for an individual case review.
Preparation is Key in Winter Weather
Preparation is the key to driving in winter weather. At the start of the season, inspect your vehicle and all of its systems. Have routine vehicle maintenance performed and regularly do personal inspections.
Ensure the following are in working order:
- Turn signals;
- Emergency flashers;
- Interior lights;
- Trailer lights (if applicable);
- Windshield wipers and fluid;
- Heating and coolant systems;
- Belts and hoses;
Maintaining your vehicle is the first and most crucial step to staying safe while driving in Colorado’s wet winter weather.
Stock Your Vehicle and Check the Weather
Before setting off on any drive, check the local weather forecast for any areas you are traveling. You never want to get caught in unexpected weather unprepared.
Ensure your gas tank is full, and your electric vehicle is fully charged. Even if you have GPS, know your route and approximate travel time. Let others know where you are going and when you should reach your destination.
Carry emergency supplies in your vehicle, such as:
- A snow shovel;
- An ice scraper;
- A broom;
- Kitty litter or sand;
- Jumper cables;
- A flashlight;
- Flares and emergency marker;
- A cellphone and charger;
- Food; and
- Prescription medicine.
If bad weather is forecasted, delay any unnecessary trips.
Know Colorado’s Chain Laws
As a Colorado driver, you must be familiar with Colorado’s Chain Laws. Chain laws apply to all motor vehicles in Colorado, not just commercial vehicles.
Colorado has specific chain laws for parts of I-70 from the beginning of September until the end of May. There are also chain laws that may be enacted by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) on roadways throughout Colorado.
Slow Down and Stay Alert
Increase your chances of avoiding an accident by slowing down and staying alert behind the wheel. Vehicles are more challenging to stop and control in wet weather conditions.
Reduce your speed and distance from other cars, trucks, and snow plows. Use caution anytime you must pass another vehicle.
Never drive distracted. This includes driving while texting, eating, disciplining children, or talking on the phone.
Driving in winter weather demands your full attention. Do not drive impaired or drowsy.
What to Do in an Emergency
In the event of an accident or emergency, remain calm and do the following:
- Call for help and medical assistance;
- Stay with your vehicle;
- Do not overexert yourself;
- Use markers or flares;
- Keep your dome light on; and
- Run your car sporadically for warmth, as there is a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
If another driver’s recklessness injured you or your loved one, call an experienced car accident attorney for information on filing a personal injury claim.
Contact an Experienced Denver Car Accident Attorney Today
No matter how prepared you are for winter weather conditions, car accidents can happen. When caused by another driver’s negligence, you may be eligible to recover compensation for your medical costs and other accident-related losses.
Kane Dulin McQuinn Young has dedicated their practice to helping injured Coloradoans for over two decades. We are known for our successes inside and outside of the courtroom.
Have your accident claim reviewed by an attorney at Kane Dulin McQuinn Young at no cost. We can answer your questions and address your concerns regarding the personal injury claims process.