While it’s true people in Colorado understand snow driving better than anyone in the rest of the country, that doesn’t mean it would hurt to brush up on exactly what you should do when the snow gets bad. And even though it’s now spring time, it certainly doesn’t hurt to keep the following pieces of information in mind for next year:
Check your tires
Tire maintenance is key. That means not just keeping your tires pumped up when the air gets cold, but also checking the treads. Bald tires in ice and snow are risks that can lead to huge problems for you from car repairs to crushing hospital bills.
Watch out for other drivers
The basic rules for driving in the snow never change, but every year Boulder becomes a home to students from all over the country that may not know them. Add that to the new drivers getting behind the wheel who haven’t had the experience, and keeping track of what you know may not be enough. Be aware of other drivers when they look like they are struggling. While you cannot prevent a bad driver from causing an accident, by being aware of your surroundings, you will be better equipped to get out of the way, if you can.
Keep your windshield clean
It’s always tempting to just get the car moving while the defroster heats up, especially if you’re rushing out for work. But a frosty window, in icy conditions, is dangerous. Take the extra few minutes to warm up your car or use your scraper. Your safety is worth it.
When the snow gets bad drive slow or don’t drive at all
Active snowfall is fun to drive in, for some, but that doesn’t make it safe. It takes complete focus and experience to navigate the toughest snowfalls. You definitely need to take it slower, but if you are not up to the challenge, maybe staying home is the best plan.