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CDOT encourages drivers to be prepared for winter driving

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COLORADO - The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) wants to encourage all Colorado residents to prepare their vehicles for winter driving. 

The CDOT website has multiple links available to prepare drivers for road conditions, winter driving tips and other pertinent information.

CDOT advises drivers to make sure they have good snow tires, a way to test your current tires is by placing a quarter in the tire tread upside down with Washington's head going in first. CDOT says if Washington's head is covered by tread your tires are OK, if not you may want to look into some new tires.

They also encourage drivers to know and understand chain laws around the state. 

Here is a list available on CDOT's website of winter travel tips and links for drivers:

  • Log on to CDOT’s Winter Driving web page at: http://www.coloradodot.info/travel/winter-drivingfor road conditions winter driving tips and other information; or for I-70 West Mountain Corridor travel, go here: http://goi70.com/.
  • The public can view snow plow locations on the any device by clicking http://cotrip.org/snowplow.htm#/snowplow  (also see upper right hand corner ofcotrip.org menu).  Using this information, motorists will be able to see plows’ current locations, their travel speed and direction they are traveling. Plows that have not moved for more than 16 minutes will not be visible.
  • Be sure you have good snow tires. How do you know if you need new snow tires? Insert a quarter into the tire tread upside down, with Washington’s head going in first; if the top of George’s head is covered by the tread, your tires are OK (do this test in multiple points around each tire.) If the top of his head is visible at any point, you need new tires.
  • Always keep the top half of your gas tank full. It can give you better traction and gives you a bigger margin of error if you get stuck and have to keep the engine running periodically to keep warm.
  • If you are stuck in a serious storm do not leave your car. Run the engine periodicallyand wait for help.
  • Carry blankets, water, a flashlight, a shovel, some nutrition bars or other food for sustenance. Winterize your vehicle's safety kit by including extra blankets, sand to help gain traction in the event you become stuck on ice or snow, jumper cables, an ice scraper and lock deicer.
  • Remember that 4-wheel drive does not mean 4-wheel stop. A 4-wheel drive vehicle will not stop any better in icy conditions, especially if you have inadequate snow tires.
  • Know the chain laws. Chain restrictions in Colorado are most often put into effect for commercial vehicles (semi-trailer trucks) and do not usually affect passenger vehicles.
  • Drive for the conditions. In poor visibility or even whiteout conditions, don't drive faster than you can see ahead. High speeds in poor or no visibility can lead to large chain reaction accidents.
  • In addition to these winter driving tips, CDOT reminds all motorists to respect winter weather, conduct a pre-trip inspection of your vehicle, and leave extra space between your automobile and others on the road (including plow trucks). Of course, always buckle up!

For additional resources and tips please visit CDOT's website at: https://www.codot.gov/

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