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CDOT Recommends Gearing Vehicles Up For Winter

October 23, 2012 by The Sawaya Law Firm

October 21st through October 27th is Colorado Winter Awareness Week. The week was created to encourage drivers to always be prepared for the upcoming winter, due to Colorado’s high weather variability. Auto accidents tend to increase in the upcoming months, as well dangerous situations for drivers.

Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) recommends you gear up for the winter by having an emergency kit in your car at all times in case you are stranded. If ever stranded, stay in the car, turn on your flashers, and call for help.

CDOT says the emergency kit should include the following:

  • Flares/reflectors to signal for help and warn other motorists
  • Sturdy scraper/snow brush/snow shovel to clear snow
  • Battery or crank-powered radio to listen to emergency broadcasts
  • Flashlight with extra batteries or crank-powered flashlight
  • Survival blanket or sleeping bag
  • Chemical hand warmers
  • Extra set of clothes, including coat, hat, mittens, boots, etc.
  • Water for each person and pet in your car
  • Food items containing protein such as nuts and energy bars; canned fruit and a portable can opener
  • First Aid Kit and essential medications
  • Tire chains and tow strap
  • Non-clumping kitty litter/sand for traction
  • Jumper cables
  • Extra cloth or paper towels for cleanup if necessary
  • Deck of cards or board game for entertainment

Also CDOT says before every winter driving trip, please check your car for the following:

  • Windshield Wiper Fluid
  • Heater/Defroster
  • Wiper Blades
  • Antifreeze
  • Lights
  • Fuel System and a Full Tank of Gas
  • Ignition
  • Exhaust System
  • Tire Tread
  • Battery Brakes

For more information on winter driving trips, call 511 in the Denver metro area. Please remember to keep speeds safe at all times during inclement weather. If you would like help on what to do just in case you are involved in an accident, please request to have our FREE Auto Accident Kit sent to you today!

The Sawaya Law Firm remains committed to keeping drivers safe. Unfortunately, auto accidents will continue to happen during winter due to poor driver judgment. If you or a loved one is hurt in an auto accident due to driver error in bad weather, please contact The Sawaya Law Firm.

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