Ah, the Rockies. It’s tough to beat the majesty of Colorado’s awe-inspiring Rocky Mountains. After all, it’s not every local point of interest that inspires a whole John Denver song! We can’t help but be proud.
People from all over the country, and even the world, come here every year to experience the Rocky Mountain high we get to have all year long. Driving through the Rockies is one of the best, simplest pleasures a Colorado motorist can have on one of our 300+ sunny days each year.
But before you hit the road on your mountain journey, it’s important to prepare yourself for anything and everything you could possibly encounter along the way. As residents of a state that is as known for its extreme, unpredictable weather as it is for its amazing mountain vistas, Colorado drivers should always keep the following mountain safety tips in mind.
Check The Weather- Before heading off on your snowboarding trip, hike, or climbing adventure, you may want to check with Mike Nelson and see what he has to say! Staying one step ahead of the weather is critical in order to avoid severe thunderstorms, hail, or any other kind of craziness Mother Nature throws at us here in the Rockies. After all, you know what we say- “If you don’t like the weather, wait 10 minutes- it’ll change!”
Prep Your Vehicle- Driving in the Rockies means staying prepared with any and all equipment you may need. Check to make sure your tires are in good condition and that your headlights, taillights, and windshield wipers are all in working order. It also helps to keep a roadside safety kit in your trunk, so you’ll have access to jumper cables, road flares, and extra supplies in case of an emergency.
Practice Safe Winter Driving- Yes, natives, we know- you’ve been driving in Colorado since you were a teenager. This isn’t your first rodeo. Still, it’s essential to keep speed to a minimum and avoid sudden stops or lane changes when driving in the snow. When driving in wintry weather, be sure to leave a buffer of about 8 to 10 seconds between you and the vehicle in front of you, especially when driving in the mountains.
There’s nothing quite like taking in one of our famous Colorado sunsets as you head west on I-70, and we hope you enjoy every second of your Rocky Mountain driving experience. Your Colorado car accident lawyer is here to assist you with anything you may need to heighten your safety while on the road!