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Tips for Safe Driving in Colorado This Holiday Season

Tips for Safe Driving in Colorado This Holiday Season

By Heidi Culbertson
November 17, 2021
5 min read

Burg Simpson’s Tips for Holiday Driving in Colorado

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The holidays are coming and many of us will be driving across Colorado to spend time with our friends and family. It does not take long for road conditions in the Rocky Mountain region to become treacherous during the winter months, and icy roadways can make driving a challenge. All of us at Burg Simpson urge you to enjoy your road trip this holiday season, but caution you to prepare for your journey by adhering to the following safety tips:

Make Sure You Have “Winterized”

To prepare for your trip across Colorado this season, make sure your vehicle is ready for the road.  Before you embark on your journey, check to ensure that your vehicle is winterized:

  • Have an engine tune-up
  • Check to make sure your tires are ready for the trip
  • Confirm that all lights are in working order
  • Check your battery
  • Ensure that all fluids are at their appropriate levels.
  • Install winter wiper blades.

In Case of Emergency

In the event of an emergency, you should have the following items in your car:

  1. Cell phone and charger
  2. Jumper cables
  3. Sand or cat litter
  4. Water
  5. Non-perishable snacks like protein bars and trail mix
  6. Candles
  7. Lighter or matches
  8. First aid kit
  9. Flares
  10. Flashlight and extra batteries
  11. Gloves
  12. Knife
  13. Metal cup
  14. Snow scraper
  15. Snow shovel
  16. Blankets
  17. Extra clothes

Be Prepared

Winter driving conditions in Colorado can change quickly, and it is important to be aware of the weather forecast. So, before you embark on your journey, check the weather, and be prepared for what is coming. COTrip.org will keep you informed of road closings, weather conditions, and traffic.

Be a Safe Driver

Ensure that you are ready for your road trip by being alert, aware, and prepared. Make sure you have had plenty of sleep, you have eaten, and you are hydrated.

Buckle Up

Make sure you buckle your seatbelt because, in Colorado, it’s the law! Using your seatbelt can save your life.

Drive at a Safe Speed

Excessive speed is the primary cause of winter crashes. Maintain a safe speed, and keep a good distance from the car in front of you.

Use the Brakes Sparingly

When driving on ice, reduce your speed and use your brakes only when necessary. If your vehicle begins to slide, avoid braking and gently steer into the slide.

Maintain a Half Tank of Gas

If you always keep at least half a tank of gasoline in your vehicle, you can avoid a gas line freeze.

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Always check your exhaust pipe after driving in the snow to make sure it is not clogged with ice or snow.

Avoid Cruise Control

Do not engage your vehicle’s cruise control when road conditions are snowy or icy. You must always maintain maximum control over your vehicle during inclement weather.

Do Not Pass the Snowplows

Keeping four car lengths behind the snowplows will help you to stay safe. Do not pass plows that are clearing the roads because conditions ahead of you may be far worse.  Instead, just slow down and follow the snowplow.

Safe Driving This Holiday Season

Use these tips to practice safe driving in Colorado this season. But if you are involved in a crash, call the accident attorneys Burg Simpson for help right away. Our Colorado personal injury lawyers have over four decades of experience and if you have damages or injuries, we are here to protect you. Contact Burg Simpson now for a free case evaluation.

About Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine

One of America’s foremost plaintiff trial firms, Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, has a longstanding and nationwide reputation for fighting relentlessly and successfully for victims of negligence, malfeasance, malpractice, and abuse. Our attorneys have never hesitated to fight for our client’s rights and consistently face and defeat formidable adversaries that include big insurance companies, big banks, and big pharma.  Burg Simpson has secured more than $1 billion in verdicts, settlements, and judgments in practice areas spanning catastrophic personal injury, mass tort and class actions regarding gas explosions, dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and devices, medical malpractice, complex commercial and business litigation, construction defects, and workers’ compensation. The firm’s success has also included more than 200 recoveries in excess of $1 million.

Burg Simpson was founded in 1976 by distinguished American trial lawyer Michael Burg. Mr. Burg is an inductee in the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Clarence Darrow Award. He has also been named to the 2016 RoundTable: America’s 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers by The Trial Lawyer magazine; Law Week’s “Barrister’s Best” as “Best Civil Litigator”; and one of “America’s 50 Leading Trial Lawyers” by the U.S. Legal 500. Mr. Burg has also been recognized by Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers®. Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine now has more than 75 lawyers and over 90 legal professionals. The firm is based in Colorado and has offices in Arizona, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, California, and Wyoming.

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