Spring driving time is here!
There's an old saying among Coloradans: If you don't like the weather, wait ten minutes. As winter eases into a typically brief spring, you might want to enjoy the season with shorts, sandals, and a drive up into the mountains with the windows down and the music blasting. But before you do that, just remember that Colorado springtime usually means a lot of severe weather is just over the horizon.
Read some interesting facts:
- Mountains create microclimates and what might look like a day of clear blue skies on the news report, could be anything but from area to area.
- The months of March and April typically get more snowfall than December and January every year.
- The snowstorms that hit often bring a lot more moisture per storm as well, which means that roads can get very icy and road closures can happen very quickly.
- Spring weather can last anywhere between a few months or just a few weeks. Colorado has some very radical weather conditions due to the mountains we all get to enjoy, and in spite of the 300+ sunny days every year, from thunderstorms to hail, rain to blizzards from March to June, you have to be prepared.
Denver started off as a small city which has grown quite a bit in the last 20 years. Home to a diverse population of native Coloradans and transplants alike, a city of three million people and growing has a wide profile of drivers, each with their own unique history and experience in driving.
Like any city, Denver has only so much space to accommodate all these people on the road. With major interstates threading through a dozen cities throughout the Metro area, several different weather experiences could be happening at any given moment.
Safe spring driving tips
- Keep your INFINITI equipped with all-weather tires to handle driving in rain, snow, and ice. Observe traction laws when traveling to the mountains.
- When driving in poor weather like rain, snow, or hail, be sure to drop your speed and to brake early, using caution for click conditions. In fact, in severe storms, we recommend that you don’t drive at all, and, instead, wait for the weather to settle.
- Drive defensively. Never assume the person next to you knows what they are doing.
- Stay off your phone! Distracted driving is the leading cause of accidents in Colorado.
- Slow down! Keeping at a comfortable speed below the speed limit in extreme weather makes sure you get home safely.
- Know when to brake. Excessive or impulsive braking only causes accidents. Even with ABS braking, your car can lose traction and slide. Impulsively hitting the brakes only causes alarm to other drivers in slick conditions. Don't ride the brake. Let your vehicle's motor slow you down by taking your foot off the gas pedal.
- Keep your distance. Maintaining plenty of distance between yourself and the person in front of you will reduce your chances of getting into an accident.
We wish everyone a happy spring (as long or as short as it might be) from INFINITI OF DENVER. We are offer safe, luxury vehicles and auto service for any spring situation and hope that our Colorado spring driving tips keep you and yours safe this season!