Safety Tips for Driving in the Rocky Mountains

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Posted: September 21, 2020

Living in Denver, we are fortunate to have access to beautiful scenery and fantastic hiking during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, getting to our destination can mean driving in potentially hazardous conditions. The Rocky Mountains are beautiful, but they can also be dangerous.

When driving in the mountains, it is of the utmost importance to be prepared for bad conditions at all times. It may be clear and sunny when you leave Denver, but the weather can change on a dime, and it may be rainy, snowy, or foggy by the time you leave.

No matter how used to driving in poor conditions you are, there is always the chance that another person on the road is not. If you were injured in a car crash caused by someone else’s negligence, don't hesitate to contact the Frickey Law Firm today at 303-237-7373 for your complimentary consultation.

Check the Weather and Be Prepared

Mountain driving safety infographic Before starting your drive, check the weather forecast for the day or the weekend. If it looks like the weather will turn bad, considering postponing your trip if you are not comfortable driving in poor conditions. If you decide to make the drive anyway, do a check of your car:

  • Make sure you have enough gas
  • Check that your tires are in good condition and everything is functioning correctly
  • Keep a first aid kit, blanket, and snacks in your car just in case

Although it’s unlikely that anything will happen, it’s best to be prepared!

Drive Within Your Comfort Zone

Winding mountain roads are no place to test your driving skills outside of your comfort zone. If you’re nervous or uncomfortable about driving in snow, rain, sleet, or in icy conditions, consider postponing your trip or asking someone else to drive. A single mistake can have drastic consequences when conditions are bad.

When driving in the snow or in icy conditions, some general safety tips are:

  • Leave extra room between you and the car in front of you
  • Leave extra time to brake; slippery roads mean it takes longer for your car to stop
  • Brake and accelerate slowly and smoothly
  • Drive slowly
  • Keep your headlights on

In addition, it’s important to be awake and have a clear head while driving. Avoid driving while drowsy or after drinking.

Watch Out for Other Drivers

You might be the safest, most experienced driver on the road, but unfortunately that doesn’t protect you from other drivers. If you see someone driving recklessly or dangerously, the best thing to do is leave yourself a wide berth and try to avoid them.

If you see someone driving dangerously and you suspect they are drunk or otherwise impaired, call 911. If someone is speeding or following too closely behind, let them pass. Always be vigilant and keep your eye out for erratic driving.

If you are hit by another driver who was distracted, drunk, or just driving irresponsibly, call the Frickey Law Firm for your free consultation. We may be able to help you get compensation for your medical bills, pain, and suffering.

Schedule Your Complimentary Consultation Today

Call the Frickey Law Firm at 303-237-7373 for your complimentary consultation. We serve clients in Lakewood, Boulder, and other nearby areas of greater Denver metro.

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