Winter Weather Tips

While snow is important to Colorado, winter storms can be dangerous in many ways. The storms can bring bitter cold temperatures, heavy snow, avalanches, slippery roads, low visibility and more. The key is to be prepared, take it slow and pay attention. Here are some tips for winter awareness:

Things to keep in your car:

  • Sand or cat litter to use for traction
  • Window scraper/brush
  • Warm clothing including coat, gloves, boots, blankets
  • Extra clothing to stay dry
  • Non-perishable food and water
  • First-Aid KitCell-Phone – remember the charger
  • Tools, such as a shovel, flashlight, tow rope, battery cables, knife, matches, candles (can be a source of heat)

If you go out during a storm:

  • Clear the car of ice and snow
  • Allow extra time to reach your destination
  • Let someone know your routes and approximate timetables
  • Keep your gas tank full to avoid freezing gas lines
  • Slow Down especially when approaching intersections, bridges and roundabouts
  • Avoid sudden stops and lane changes
  • Keep greater distance between cars
  • Stay back approximately 200 feet when driving behind a snow plow
  • Don’t pump the brakes if you have a car with ABS (anti-lock brakes) instead, apply steady pressure
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