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Icy roads in Colorado cause fatal crash

Icy weather conditions can be deadly for Colorado drivers. On Feb. 1, 2017, it was reported that icy roads led to a fatal car crash in Northern Colorado. Although you may be looking forward to spring, you should not overlook the hazards brought on by the extra weeks of inclement weather. These conditions can decrease visibility and traction, making it more difficult to slow down, stop and react.

Following safety tips and taking precautions can help prevent car crashes. Here are recommendations for staying safe while driving on Colorado roads at the tail end of winter .

Prepare your car

Staying safe begins before you even get on the road. When temperatures drop, it is time to ensure you have a winter driving emergency kit in your car. Key items to have in your car include a snow shovel, ice scraper and salt.

You should also check your tire tread and see if you need replacements. You might even need snow tires. Make sure your windshield wipers are in good working condition and your wiper fluid is full. This is key to removing ice and snow from your windshield.

Watch the weather

If you are going to drive in inclement weather, you can anticipate weather and road conditions by checking weather sites, local news stations or mobile traffic apps. You might even want to subscribe for local weather alerts to receive on your phone or email account. Do not check any alerts while you are driving, however, as distracted driving causes even more risks.

Drive safely

Before getting behind the wheel, clear any snow and ice from your car, including mirrors, windows, lights and reflectors. When you take off, remember to reduce your speed. Driving slower on icy roads than you would on dry roads is essential. You also want to increase your following distance so that you have ample time to brake should anything unexpected occur in front of you. Resist the temptation to use cruise control, as you want full command of your acceleration and braking.

Driving in winter conditions can be nerve-wracking, challenging and dangerous. Taking precautions, practicing safe driving techniques and paying full attention to your surroundings can help keep you and everyone safe. Because the winter weather can reduce traction, impair visibility and worsen response times, even the safest and most seasoned motorist can be a victim of a car accident, and no matter how safe you are, you cannot control other motorists. If you get injured in a car accident in Colorado, you may be able to be compensated with the help of a personal injury attorney.

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