Snow is just part of winter in our area of the country, and those native to Colorado have probably already had a fair amount of practice driving in it. However, Parker Towing Inc. would like to offer these safe driving tips for visitors to Colorado. We want everyone to enjoy a safe winter season, and these are good reminders even for experienced drivers.
- Slow down
Maybe it’s a pain, but leave a little early and give yourself more time. When there is snow on the ground, it is not the time to pull out your best Fast and Furious moves. They will only get you crash-landed in a ditch, or worse.
- Don’t overestimate SUVs
Many drivers think that SUVs are immune to problems in the snow and don’t drive them judiciously. Take the same precautions that you would in a car, or you will probably find yourself bottoms up as SUVs are very prone to rollovers.
- Don’t slam on the brakes
Slamming on the brakes is not helpful in a slide. With standard brakes, you should pump them gently and if you have good anti-lock brakes just hold a steady pressure.
- Black ice exists, and it is worse on bridges
Sometimes people disregard ice warnings because they can’t see it on the road. That doesn’t mean that it isn’t there. You may find it the hard way if you’re not driving carefully. Also, bridge warning signs aren’t just there to give a city worker a job. Bridges are slicker than the rest of the road, so take extra care with them.
- Don’t use your high beams
When visibility is low, it might feel natural to flip on the high beams to help you see. However, high beams just end up blinding you as the extra light is reflected back into your eyes by the white snow. It’s better just to use your low beams and slow down a bit more if you can’t see well.
- Don’t turn suddenly
Sudden moves are the best way to get yourself started into a skid. If you are unfamiliar with the area, then slow down to find the street you need to turn onto to get where you’re going. If you find it too late, don’t turn suddenly. Continue and turn around at the next safe spot. It will be better getting to your destination a little later than not getting there at all.
- Always be ready
On snowy, icy roads your vehicle can end up in a skid at almost any time. The best advice is to remain calm and try to steer into the direction you want to go. Use your brakes lightly or not at all until you have pulled out of the skid.
Of course, we prefer that everyone stay safe out on snowy roads. That’s why we have offered these safe driving tips for visitors to Colorado. However, if you do find yourself stuck in a ditch or with a crinkled car, you can always call the friendly professionals at Parker Towing Inc., and we will be there with a smile to help you out.