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December 14, 2017

Winter Ready Drive Tips

As motorists wake to the first measurable snow in Denver since Oct. 9, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is reminding drivers not to get duped into a false sense of sunshine-induced security — winter weather and winter driving will come back around and we’ll all be better off if we take time to prepare. 

CDOT is offering the following list of tips and guidelines for Colorado drivers to be winter ready:

·         Check your tires

  • Worn tires can’t grip the road well and can be extremely hazardous. Check your tires by preforming the Quarter Test. 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.
  • Invest in safety by getting a set of snow tires. When it comes to stopping safely on snow and ice, all-season tires simply don’t compare to winter tires (see infographic).
  • If your tires don’t have at least a one-eighth inch tread when a Traction Law is called, you are in violation of the law and could end up with a fine.
  • Leave extra room
    • Leave extra room between your vehicle and others on the road at all times.
    • Even vehicles with four-wheel/all-wheel drive will not stop any quicker on icy roads, especially if you have inadequate tires.
  • Drive for conditions
    • In poor visibility, don’t drive faster than you can see ahead. High speeds in poor visibility can lead to dangerous chain reactions.
  • Bow to the plow
    • Snow plows need space to work, so unless you want to cause a crash, delays or be stuck on a snow-covered road, don't crowd the plow!
    • If you must pass a snowplow, do so on the left and with extreme caution.
  • Be I-70 smart
    • Check Goi70.com to see travel forecasts for the I-70 mountain corridor, travel tips, rideshare, transit and parking information, deals on lodging, food and entertainment for travelers and more.
    • Remember to avoid peak travel times whenever possible and consider carpooling or alternative transportation.
  • Have a plan
    • If you are stuck in a serious storm, do not leave your car. Run the engine periodicallyand wait for help.
    • Prepare a winter driving vehicle kit. 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 and an ice scraper.

Additionally, all motorists should be familiar with Colorado’s Passenger Vehicle Traction Law and Passenger Vehicle Chain Law. These laws are implemented when weather and road conditions require it, at which time highway signage will be activated to alert drivers.

 ·         Traction Law — When the Traction Law is in effect, motorists must have snow tires, tires with mud/snow (M/S) designation, or a four-wheel/all-wheel drive vehicle — all tires must have a minimum one-eighth inch tread.

  • Passenger Vehicle Chain Law — Reserved for severe winter conditions as the final safety measure before an interstate is closed, the Passenger Vehicle Chain Law states that every vehicle on the roadway must have chains or an alternative traction device (like AutoSock).

Without proper equipment, you can be fined $130. If your vehicle blocks the roadway, you could be fined more than $650.

Stacia Sellers, Communications Specialist for CDOT states, “Winter driving safety is a two-way street. CDOT will use snowplows, courtesy patrol vehicles and numerous operations systems to keep Colorado’s roads safe this winter, but we need drivers to be prepared and do their part as well. It only takes one person with bad tires to throw everything off.”

Thanks to CDOT for this comprehensive list of winter driving tips!

For a fourth year, Front Range Ski Bus will transport skiers and riders between the Denver Metro area and the mountains. Last ski season, FRSB transported almost 2000 skiers & riders up Interstate 70, removing an estimated 695 cars from this congested corridor.  The service runs to Loveland Ski Area, picking up at Denver Union Station and the Dinosaur Wooly Mammoth Lot in Morrison.  John Sellers of  Loveland Ski Area states, “The Front Range Ski Bus will continue to provide affordable transportation to Loveland Ski Area every Wednesday through Sunday. Guests can enjoy hassle-free service to the mountain while helping reduce traffic on I-70. Riders may also purchase deeply discounted lift tickets when riding the Front Range Ski Bus.”  The I-70 Coalition appreciates Loveland Ski Area’s continued support of transit along the I-70 mountain corridor!  

See a comprehensive list of mountain transit options at GoI70.com/transit.

Your Weekend Travel Forecast:

Weather should not be a factor in I-70 travel this weekend. Based on this same weekend in recent years, here is what you might expect for traffic patterns.

Friday WB – Although traffic might be thick, no significant delays are anticipated.

Saturday WB - Expect some slowing between 6:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. with peak traffic around 8:00 a.m.

Sunday WB - No volume-related delays are expected.

Saturday EB- No volume-related delays are expected. 

Sunday EB – Based on the historical data, traffic might build around 2:00 p.m., peak around 5:00 and drop off by 7:00 pm. but delays should not be significant.

*The GoI70.com Travel Forecast is based on historical data, along with an estimation of how weather, construction, public events and other factors might impact travel.

November 30, 2017

Move Your Crash!

Traffic crashes — not volume — account for as much as 60 percent of all traffic delays on Interstate 70. A crash that takes 10 minutes to clear can delay traffic for up to an hour. If you’re in a minor crash, do the right thing and Move It!  Learn more about the Move It Law here.

Your Weekend Travel Forecast:
The weather should not be a travel factor other than a chance of rain/snow on Sunday afternoon.

Friday WB – Last year there were no westbound delays due to volume. 

Saturday WB- Some slowing is possible from 7:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. but delays should not be significant.

Saturday EB- Traffic due to volume is unlikely.

Sunday WB – Traffic volumes have not been high on this weekend in recent years and last year there were no delays.  Still, avoid the Noon-7:00 p.m. timeframe to be safe.  Be prepared for rain in the high country and possible snow at the high elevations this afternoon, and check one of the real time info sources before you travel.

*The GoI70.com Travel Forecast is based on historical data, along with an estimation of how weather, construction, public events and other factors might impact travel.


 

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