With one to two feet of new snow falling in the Colorado Rockies, Thanksgiving holiday visitors to the ski slopes are rejoicing. But for those travelers driving to a holiday destination, the response to the heavy snow fall is less joyful.
AAA estimates more than 42 million people will travel more than 50 miles from home this Thanksgiving. And less than 4 percent of Thanksgiving travelers plan to fly, with 94 percent choosing to drive even though the average cost of gasoline is more than $3 per gallon.
The Colorado AAA recommends that all winter drivers have their vehicles thoroughly checked a winter-proofed. Additionally, have a emergency kit assembled which includes gloves or mittens, an ice scraper , snow brush and small snow shovel in addition to routine emergency gear.
Colorado AAA also gives these recommendations for driving on a highway after a snowfall:
- Keep your speed low and headlights on low beam.
- Do not use cruise control in wet, icy, snowy conditions.
- Choose the lane that was most recently cleared. Avoid changing lanes to minimize your risk of losing control when driving over built-up snow between lanes.
- On an icy road, allow the greatest margin of safety by focusing your attention as far ahead as possible (at least 20 to 30 seconds).
For more information on winter driving, visit the Colorado AAA webpage.