Colorado Winter Driving Safety Tips


While Colorado has so many fun snow-related activities for residents and visitors to enjoy during the winter season, driving in freezing and snowy conditions can be very dangerous. Even the most seasoned drivers can have trouble driving on icy and slick roads. 

To help you avoid being involved in an accident when it snows in Colorado, here are several tips you can follow: 

  • Reduce your speed – The posted speed limits are determined based on normal road and weather conditions – not winter conditions. If you drive through a snowy or icy area, always drive slowly, as well as accelerate and decelerate slowly to avoid skids and regain tire traction. 

  • Increase your following distance by between five and six seconds – The more space you have between your car and the vehicle in front of you, the time you have to stop. 

  • Avoid powering up hills – If you apply extra gas when going up an incline, icy and slick road conditions can cause your wheels to spin. Before you reach the hill, gain a little inertia, and allow it to carry you to the top. Whatever you do, do not stop going up a hill. Reduce your speed as you reach the top of the hill and slowly go down. 

  • Use your headlights – If you are driving through inclement weather, not only does driving with your headlights on make the road ahead of you more visible, but it can also increase your visibility to other drivers. 

  • “Winterize” your vehicle – When the season changes, you must make sure your vehicle is prepared for the transition as well. Have your vehicle serviced and check your battery, antifreeze, ignition system, brakes, lights, heater, defroster, windshield wipers, tires, and oil levels so that everything is in working order. 

  • Plan ahead – If you plan on going on a road trip this winter, determine the safest route to your destination and check the weather along your route. If bad weather is expected, delay the trip until driving conditions are more favorable. 

  • Stock your vehicle – In the event you get stranded in the middle of the road, ensure you have an emergency kit in your vehicle. The emergency kit can include flashlights, jumper cables, flares, blankets, snow shovel, ice scraper, a cell phone charger, a first-aid kit, unperishable food, and water. 

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Arapahoe County, contact the Law Office of Joseph A. Lazzara, P.C. today at (720) 809-8262 for a free initial consultation. Nearly three decades of legal experience!