Blizzards sound fun when you’re able to watch it through the window with a mug of hot chocolate in your hands. However, there will be times when you absolutely have to go out in one, or Colorado’s temperamental weather suddenly hits you with heavy snow while you’re already driving on the road. When that happens, keep these five tips in mind to make sure to reach your destination safely.
Don’t Use Cruise Control: Your full attention when driving in ice and heavy snow is crucial. You can easily lose focus when using cruise control.
Don’t Become Invisible: Make sure other drivers can see you. Use your headlights and fog lights. If you need to drive under the speed limit, consider turning on your hazards.
Don’t Tailgate: Leave plenty of space between yourself and the car in front of you while driving. In heavy snow you need more time and distance to stop.
Don’t Be Over-Confident: You might be driving a monster truck, but make sure to take it slow, even on familiar roads. Driving a large, all-wheel drive vehicle does not exempt you from possibly sliding into another driver.
Don’t Get Caught Without Supplies: Always make it a habit to equip your vehicle with an emergency kit for the season. A blanket, flashlight, gloves, hat and window scraper are essentials if you need to pull over because of poor visibility.