Spring in Colorado can be unpredictable, so check out these tips for spring driving to be prepared for any kind of road condition.
Spring is right around the corner for Coloradans, and with that means wet, icy, and unpredictable road conditions. Natives and “transplants” alike know how quickly the spring weather can change in this state, making spring driving extra tricky. Check out Galperin & Associates’ tips for how to stay safe on the roads this spring below:
Keep your car in good condition. Since spring weather in Colorado can often translate into a sudden blizzard, it’s important to prep your car for similar winter-like conditions. Keep a winter safety kit in your car and be familiar with how your car handles more extreme weather. Make sure your vehicle is stocked up with plenty of windshield wiper fluid, as slick and slushy roads can kick up dirt and worsen visibility. You’ll also want to check the heater/defroster, wiper blades, headlights, full gas tank, tire tread, battery, and brakes.
Slow Down! You can’t beat the laws of physics, so slick roads mean it will take longer for your vehicle to come to a full stop. If you hit a slick spot going too fast, you’re far more likely to lose control of your vehicle. Stay off the gas if the roads are slippery.
Avoid Hydroplaning. Hydroplaning occurs when a tire encounters more water than it can scatter. This lack of friction lifts the tires off of the road and causes the driver to skid. The result is a loss of steering, braking and power control. Avoid hydroplaning by making sure your tires are inflated, have plenty of tread, and staying away from large puddles or standing water.
Use your low beams. If you’re driving in bad enough weather conditions, your visibility can be incredibly bad. Instead of using your brights and getting blinded by the reflection of the rain, sleet, or snow, put on your low beam headlights to navigate to your destination.
Be prepared for hail. If you look closely, you’ll notice how many vehicles in Colorado have visible hail damage. Hail storms may range in severity, but know that the most severe hailstorms have broken windshields and totaled cars. If you’re caught in a hailstorm, stay inside your vehicle. If possible, stop driving and pull to a safe place so hail doesn’t break the windshield or any windows while you wait out the storm.
Pay attention to warning signs. The Colorado Department of Transportation does a great job of keeping drivers updated on current or impending road conditions. If signs are warning about wet or icy roads, pay attention to them and slow down. You can also plan ahead on a trip by checking road conditions all over Colorado’s main highways here.
The attorneys at Galperin & Associates know that spring in Colorado can be dangerous and unpredictable. All accidents are different, so we are here to help you maximize your right to recovery. Contact us today at 720-501-3451 to speak to an attorney.