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    Winter in Colorado is anything but predictable. Driving conditions can change quickly from dry and clear to icy and snow-packed. A short drive across town can challenge a motorist with a variety of diverse driving conditions. Even a seasoned driver can benefit from winter driving tips. It is important for motorists to be prepared and alert at all times while driving.

    Vehicles should be inspected to ensure they are roadworthy for adverse conditions. Maintaining wiper fluid, inspecting tire tread, and installing snow tires are all recommendations for driving in adverse conditions. Motorists should also consider checking weather and road conditions before venturing out. Doing so allows for the opportunity to adjust routes to avoid dangerous hills, bridges, or corners prone to ice.

    From a law enforcement perspective, it is incredibly valuable for motorists to let someone know your destination, route, and expected time of arrival. With a route identified, law enforcement can narrow their search area should the need arise.

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office recommends placing several items in your vehicle in preparation of adverse weather. Below is a useful checklist to start your kit:

    • Flashlight with extra batteries
    • Flares or reflective triangles
    • Jumper cables
    • Cell phone and an external charging device
    • General first-aid kit
    • Rags or paper towels
    • Gallon of water
    • Non-perishable food
    • Blanket
    • Basic tool kit
    • Extra set of clothes
    • Winter formula window washer fluid
    • Non-clumping kitty litter or sand
    • Ice-scraper, snow brush and snow shovel
    • Tire chains
    • Extra car fuses

     

    A special thanks to Jefferson County Road and Bridge and CDOT who are expedient and diligent in snow removal on our county roads.