For visitors and newcomers to our state, driving in winter conditions can be quite frightening. Snow and ice change the way your vehicle interacts with and handles on the road. Less traction, nervous drivers, and unpredictable weather can be a recipe for dangerous roads in Colorado.
Which is why we are offering these tips for safe driving on winter roads. For anyone heading out in snowy conditions and slick roads, review this advice and stay safe on the roads.
Brake slowly. You won’t always know how your vehicle will respond to slippery roads, so plan extra time for braking. Don’t rely only on the accelerator and brakes to control your speed. Let the car slow itself down and avoid sudden dramatic changes in speed.
Don’t speed. Even if you feel confident on the winter roads, follow the speed limits. When cars have more momentum, it takes more effort to stop them. Driving quickly puts you at a higher risk for losing control. You may spin out taking a turn too quickly, or not have enough time to stop the car reacting to a change on the road.
Keep your distance. More room between your car and the car in front of you gives you more time to stop your car. This can make the difference between a close call and an accident, especially when you hit an unexpected patch of ice.
Pay attention. Driving in wet and icy conditions requires more care and attention. Keep your phone away and turn down or turn off the radio.
Use good tires. Your tires need more tread, at least 4/32 of an inch, to handle slick roads. Make sure you have tires that are equipped for snow and ice, wet or muddy conditions.
To make sure your vehicle is ready for winter roads, request an appointment at Chase Automotive for a winter inspection. Our certified technicians will inspect your vehicle, including your tires. We will review our results and help you choose the important safety and maintenance services your vehicle needs.
For more advice on winter driving or to schedule your next appointment, call our Aurora auto repair shop at 303.344.4670.