11/08/2012

Winter Driving Tips

CDOT imageAs fall moves toward winter, now is the time to get ready.  The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has all the information you need on their Winter Driving webpage.  Here you can find links to road conditions and travel advisories; chain laws and locations of chain up stations for commercial trucks; avalanche control near highways; and more.  You can also find several CDOT publications available from our library that offer winter driving information, including the I-70 Eagle County Winter Travel Guide and Slick Tips:  Colorado Winter Driving Handbook.  So whether it's a quick trip around town or a long drive to the high country, be sure and follow these tips, quoted here from CDOT:
  • Be sure to carry plenty of windshield wiper fluid as liquid de-icers may stick to your windshield
  • Let the snowplow drivers do their jobs by giving them extra room
  • Slow down!  Even roads that have been treated with liquid de-icers may be slippery
  • Don’t use cruise control when traveling in winter conditions
  • Be prepared.  Have a scraper, snow brush, coat, hat, gloves, blanket, first aid kit, flashlight, tire chains, matches and nonperishable food in your car
  • Make sure your tires have good tread

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