Preparing for Winter Driving in Colorado

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Preparing for Winter Driving

Even a routine, everyday commute has the ability to turn perilous in icy and snowy winter road conditions. If you absolutely have to drive in the snow, please ensure you are prepared. Inspect the tread on all four of your tires as well as the air pressure. For optimal safety, you will also need to have them rotated on a regular basis.  

Examining your tires is just one of the many things you are able to do before you get on the road that will help to keep you and your vehicle safe on slick roads and in snowy weather. 

If you must go out in inclement weather, a few helpful reminders that will help you and your family stay safe are listed below.

Be Aware of Other Drivers on the Road

Preparing for Winter Driving

News sources are projecting 2019 to be one of the busiest years on record for tourism in the state of Colorado. Just two years ago, in 2017, 87 million tourists spent approximately 2 billion dollars on in-state travel in Colorado. These numbers are, of course, a huge improvement over last year when drought and more than 1,600 wildfires burned their way across the state.

This year, however, is anticipated to bring in even larger numbers of tourists which will also lead to record-breaking spending, record-breaking tax generations, a record-breaking number of drivers on the roadways, and undoubtedly a record-breaking number of car accidents.

The offices of Injury Victim Law want you to be safe. Understand the rules of the road and how to keep yourself and your vehicle safe. Just recently, the Colorado Department of Transportation enacted new vehicle traction laws that are now in effect. This new law states that your tires are required to have no less than 3/16 of an inch deep tire tread when the roads are snowy.  

However, it simply is not possible to be fully prepared for the actions of every other driver all the time, particularly drivers who are not accustomed to the suboptimal driving conditions caused by Colorado’s weather. 

Interestingly enough, the most egregious perpetrators of cars with insufficient tire tread are rental car companies, according to a story published by The Summit Daily in December 2018. Taking into consideration what we now know about expected tourist rates this winter, and how many of those tourists who have never before driven in the snow and will now be doing so in ill-equipped rental cars, the future of Colorado’s car accident statistics looks bleak indeed

Stocking Your Vehicle

There are quite a few things you are able to do ahead of time to get your vehicle ready for driving in unfavorable weather conditions. Some of the provisions and preparedness measures that experts have stated are the most important are:

  • Packing additional flashlights, blankets, batteries, shovels, and also plenty of non-perishable snacks and bottled water.
  • Toping up your windshield wiper fluid with a brand that is specifically made for lower temperatures.
  • Taking your vehicle to get a tune-up from a professional mechanic and ensure that everything is in good working order.
  • Stock your car with a bevy of deicers and snow removal products such as non-clumping cat litter, and road salt.

Tires

It is crucial that you know the difference between the various kinds of winter tires and what each kind is designed to do before you spend your hard-earned money on the wrong sort. 

For instance, there is a popular misconception regarding winter tires vs all-season tires. In spite of their clever name, all-season tires might not be adequate for the slushy, slippery road conditions bestowed on us by Colorado’s winter weather. Below is a short description of the two types of tires:

All-Season Tires: All-Season tires are wonderful if you live in a more temperate environment that doesn’t really get a lot of snow, and ice on the roadways is all but unheard of. Even though these tires are meant to provide traction in slick or wet conditions, they might not be sufficient for roads that will be constantly buried in no less than a few inches of ice and snow.

Winter Tires: If you reside in a part of the country that gets snow every single winter, along with icy road conditions, winter tires are what you need. Winter tires are made with a special tread that is designed to provide traction in any kind of inclement weather including, rain, ice, snow, and sleet.

One more essential thing to keep in mind when you are assessing your tires for driving in the upcoming winter weather is the amount of tread they have left on them. 

If you or someone you love has been involved in a car accident caused by Colorado’s tempestuous winter weather, the attorneys at Injury Victim Law are in your corner. We have the experience and the knowledge that are essential to helping you obtain the financial reimbursement to which you are entitled. 

Our skilled, Colorado-based personal injury attorneys know exactly what it takes to win your case. Our attorneys pride themselves on their hard-earned, distinguished reputations and the extensive legal knowledge that they have built up throughout their careers.

If you have recently been injured due to the negligence of another driver, then we strongly urge you to reach out to a qualified personal injury attorney by giving us a call at (800) 245-2774. Schedule your appointment with a Colorado car accident attorney for a free, confidential case evaluation so that we can advise you on the best course of legal action for your situation.

 

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