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Common Traffic Hazards and How to Avoid an Auto Accident in Denver


January 11, 2017

The new year is a great time to reassess and prepare for the new upcoming year. One of the best things you can do is review your habits behind the wheel and be cautious of various hazards. From the things that take place in your car to outside factors, make it a top priority to remind yourself of safe driving habits to avoid an auto accident in Denver.

Snow and Icy Weather

With nearly 60 inches of snow per year, Denver drivers may be used to driving in the wet, icy conditions. However, sometimes there are factors that are out of a driver’s control that can make this type of driving the most hazardous. Much of it starts before even taking off. Before driving in winter conditions, make sure all snow and ice is cleared from your vehicle and you can see out of every window and mirror. Also pay attention to clearing off your headlights and brake lights, so other drivers know your actions. You should also have plenty of windshield wiper fluid and a safety kit in your trunk that includes supplies that will help you in the event you become stranded. If you do not have snow tires on your vehicle, consider snow chains if you have two-wheel drive. When it comes to ice, it does not matter if you have a four-wheel drive SUV or a small car, no one can stop on ice. Be sure to drive slow, leave plenty of distance between you and the car in front of you and avoid slamming on your brakes. If you know you are on ice and have enough room, coast to slow down as opposed to braking.

Distracted driving

Per the Colorado Department of Transportation’s guide on Distracted Driving, there were 68 deaths and over 15,000 crashes that were a result of distracted drivers. Their data shows that cellphones were a contributing factor to many, whether it was texting and driving or just overall interactions with a phone. If you do not have a hands-free arrangement in your car, make that one of your resolutions for 2017. This will allow you to make calls safely—and when it comes to a text, remind yourself that a response can wait. New cars can help with distracted driving, If you’re in the market for one be sure to check out the top five of 2016’s IIHS safest cars to avoid an auto accident in Denver.

Animals and other road hazards

Denver is the home of gorgeous wildlife who may cross our busy roads and highways from time to time. From bears to deer, you may see various crossings as you travel. Areas where wildlife has been known to cross will have signs to warn you. Be wary in these areas and drive slower, especially on city roads. Night driving can be extra dangerous so be sure your headlights are in quality shape and allow you to see in front of you very well. If you spot an animal in your path, don’t panic and avoid swerving. Instead, honk your horn immediately after spotting the animal and try to slow down without slamming on your brakes.

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