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Winter Driving Tips

Larry Benshoof, Road & Bridge Director
comments open from November 21 until December 10

When the weather becomes snowy and icy, there are several things motorists should do to be safe.

1. It is incumbent on motorists to not overdrive the road conditions.

2. Motorists should ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy for adverse road conditions, have good snow tires and are in good operating condition mechanically.

3. Check weather and/or road conditions before venturing out.

4. It's always a good idea to let someone know where you are going, what route you plan to take and your expected arrival time. A follow-up phone call to make sure you made it to your destination is usually appreciated.
• As a backup, if you do not arrive, law enforcement has a route to start looking.

It's also good to equip your car with the following items:
• Flashlight with extra batteries
• Flares or reflective triangles
• Jumper cables
• Cell phone with extra batteries
• General First Aid kit
• Rags or paper towels
• Gallon jug of water
• Non-perishable food items
• Blanket and extra set of clothes
• Winter formula window washer solvent
• Non-clumping kitty litter
• Ice-scraper, snow brush and snow shovel
• Tire chains
• Extra car fuses

See the CDOT Winter Driving web page for additional winter driving information. Thanks to Captain Manwaring from the JCSO for contributing to this article.

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