August 2, 2018

Summer Drive Tips

To make your I-70 trip as stress-free as possible, is sharing some tips to make sure you’re ready for mountain driving this summer.

  • Plan Your Travel — Traffic congestion along I-70 is predictable, so it’s always best to plan your route and avoid the crowds. Steer clear of peak travel times to avoid bumper-to-bumper traffic.  You can find a travel forecast specific to this weekend at Check or call 511 from anywhere in Colorado for road conditions throughout the state.
  • Use the Right Lane! — We’ve all been there, stuck behind a wall of too slow moving vehicles. Traffic can already be taxing at times on I-70 – make sure you’re not the cause of it! Use the left lane for passing other vehicles, otherwise stay in the right lane.
  • ExpressToll – If you plan to use the eastbound Mountain Express Lane, sign up for ExpressToll at  That way you avoid the surcharge drivers incur when utilizing license plate billing.
  • Fluids — Make sure you and your vehicle are hydrated. The five and six percent grades along I-70 will task your engine, so keep coolant topped off to keep your car moving up the steep hills. For yourself, the high altitude can quickly dehydrate, turning even a minor I-70 delay into a dehydration-induced headache! Have plenty of water in your car and extra radiator coolant on hand.
  • Easy on the Brakes, Use Lower Gears—Riding your breaks down steep grades heat them up and puts your car at risk of total brake failure. Instead of grinding your brake pads, use lower gears to slow you down. For manual transmission, downshift to appropriate lower gears, and for automatic use "L" or "2" on the shift panel.

Save travels and enjoy your time in the mountains!