Tips for Colorado Mountain Driving

Four Colorado cities earned spots on the “2012 Allstate Annual Best Drivers Report”, with Fort Collins coming in at number three. This is an impressive feat, considering all the obstacles Colorado drivers face on a daily basis, both in busy metropolitan areas and winding mountain paths. Here are some ways you can avoid car accidents when navigating some of Colorado’s mountain passes, which can be especially treacherous in the winter.

  • Check the weather report. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) manages a road conditions website that provides up-to-date satellite images, road conditions and road closures. Consult this or similar sites before embarking on your trip.
  • Drive slow and steady. On a steep decline or an icy pass, travel at a slow, safe speed and keep a wide berth between you and the next vehicle. Slamming on the brakes in such conditions makes a bad situation worse, so it helps to give yourself plenty of room to stop if necessary.
  • Watch for snowplows. Seasoned Colorado drivers know all about the CDOT snowplows, which appear early on in the above video. They may be slow, and you may be tempted to pass them, but only do so when it is safe and legal. If you pass on the right, you might get blasted with several pounds of snow.
  • Gear down. In any season, it is best to shift down a gear when going down a steep hill versus riding the brakes the whole way. It is better for your car’s maintenance, and it gives you more control. This is a good practice for the steep roads that have no guardrails.

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