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Colorado drivers should prepare for driving in winter conditions

For many Colorado residents, the winter is a great time to enjoy the outdoors. Between greater opportunities for skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing, there's a lot to look forward to during the snowy months. On the other hand, the unpredictable nature of winter weather in Colorado can make things very difficult -- and unsafe -- for motorists.

Even though everyone can anticipate snowfall, many drivers fail to make the necessary adjustments to drive in inclement weather. Ultimately, motorists are responsible to drive cautiously according to conditions on the road.

The automotive service organization AAA has offered some very helpful tips for drivers this winter. First, motorists must make sure their vehicles are road ready, accommodating for the possibility of slick roads. Perhaps the best way to do this is by ensuring that the tires are properly inflated and suited for winter driving conditions.

Not surprisingly, most of AAA's winter driving tips involve motorists monitoring their own behavior. One of the best thing drivers can do is regulate their speed carefully. There is no need to rush when road conditions are less than perfect. Accelerating or decelerating too quickly can cause motorists to lose control and lead to an auto accident.

In addition, drivers should take steps to stop their vehicles safely. Keeping cruise control on or following other cars too closely when it's snowing could make it very difficult to stop without causing a collision.

For many readers, the pointers included in this post might seem like common sense. The unfortunate reality, however, is that many people don’t drive carefully in the winter. Failure to do so could be considered negligence.

Source: AAA, "Winter Driving Tips," copyright 2013

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