Our first snow in the Denver metro area typically falls in October, and so it is no surprise that we see white ground this morning. It is a reminder that with the change in seasons, a change in driving habits may also be needed. The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it.
For significant snowfalls, the best plan is not to drive. If you must drive, then allow yourself extra time to reach your destination. Our CDOT snow plows and sanding trucks will be out regularly, so remember to allow them to do their work, and do not attempt to pass without a clear lane ahead. The drivers have limited visibility, and you’re likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.
When driving on icy roads, decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you. Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.
Don’t assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.