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Winter Travel Tips to Avoid an Auto Accident in Denver this Holiday Season


November 30, 2016

The holidays are one of the most highly traveled times of year. From short to long distances, there will be over 98 million Americans traveling! Some say it is one of the most dangerous times of year. No matter where you are traveling, it is important to keep safety in mind. From long travels, fatigue, inclement weather and more, it is crucial to remain vigilant. Be sure to use these travel tips to avoid an auto accident in Denver. You want to be able to enjoy your holiday festivities with friends and family not get stuck in a lawsuit.

Be prepared for a breakdown

Even if you have a new car, you never know what can happen. Make sure you have an emergency car kit in case you get stranded or your car breaks down. The kit should include quality jumper cables, shovel, first aid kit, window scraper, small broom to brush snow off, flashlight, blankets, hand warmers, radio (battery operated), matches, tow chain, emergency flares, snacks, gas can and sand bag. It may also be beneficial to get a roadside assistance service to help you if something goes wrong. You can easily get a tow, jump, door unlock service or more. There are many services available or you can also check with your car insurance company to see if they have anything at a discounted price.

Know how to navigate the roads

Denver is full of hills, especially as you travel up into the Rocky Mountains. All the up and downs can take a toll on your vehicle and it can get dangerous of you come across a slick patch or black ice. Always make sure you leave plenty of room between you and the car in front of you. Shoot for a minimum of two car lengths. You can also master the technique of threshold braking to safely slow down. To do this, you will want to master your brakes to know what it feels like to brake but not completely lock up your brakes. You can pump the brakes using this technique without slamming on your brakes to safely slow down. If you have ABS, you can simply just hold your foot on this threshold.  If you find yourself sliding, one of the top ways to save yourself is to turn your wheel in the same direction as the back of the car to straighten yourself out.

Map your route

During snowy weather, it is important to know where you are headed prior to your trip. This way, even if using a navigation system or device, you are somewhat familiar with the direction you will be headed. Make sure you start your directions prior to pulling out of your driveway. Also, be sure to check the forecast for your journey on the way. Even if it isn’t snowing or sleeting where you are, it may along the way and is best to be aware.
 
Unfortunately, the weather is unpredictable at times and accidents happen. If you fall victim to an accident, the law office of Mark A. Simon can help. Mark is your go-to local accident attorney and will help you with all your options. Before your holiday travels, read these FAQs after an auto accident in Denver so you know what to do in case of emergency. Call Mark at 303-321-HURT to get started.