Colorado is full of different types of drivers: those who pay attention and drive a capable, well-maintained vehicle, those who probably need to take driving more seriously, and those who probably shouldn’t have a driver’s license whatsoever. Of course, it seems like no matter where you travel, everyone complains about the drivers in their state. The underlying truth is that, as a whole, there will always be bad driving apples no matter where you are.
We Want You To Arrive Back Safely To Our Apartments In Broomfield
Due to the fact that the Stonegate Apartments are situated so close to the base of the Rocky Mountains to the west and the City of Denver to the east, we deal with some pretty…well, interesting drivers on US 36. For the sake of your safety and the safety of others around you, it’s worth exercising caution and diligence at the wheel, even though you can’t control other drivers.
When you head out of our apartments in Broomfield up to the mountains for a quick ski trip or to the city for an exciting evening, make sure to take these winter safe driving tips into account:
Invest In Snow Tires
It’s true that, compared to many other places in the United States, Colorado actually doesn’t receive nearly as much snowfall. However, despite our frequently sunny days, it’s also worth investing in a decent set of snow tires if you’re going to be spending a lot of time driving up to the high country, or even sitting on I-25 going downtown. (If you work from home and don’t spend that much time driving, you’ll probably be just fine with standard tires).
Even if you have a Subaru with their tried-and-true Symmetrical All Wheel Drive system, you should know that a Front Wheel Drive or Rear Wheel Drive vehicle equipped with snow tires will stop and handle much better than a Four Wheel Drive or All Wheel Drive vehicle equipped with standard all-season tries. “All-season” is a bit of a misnomer — really, they’re three-season tires.
Turn On Your Lights When It’s Not Clear Outside
Even if it’s the middle of the afternoon and it’s broad “daylight” outside, visibility can really dwindle down when you’re driving in the middle of a massive storm cloud. Simply turn on your headlights when you’re driving to alert other drivers of your presence.
Stock Your Vehicle
Who knows whether your vehicle will get stuck, traffic will come to an extremely lengthy standstill, or if your trusty Toyota will fail you up in the mountains. You should have some fresh water, non-perishable foods, and extra warm clothes or a blanket/sleeping bag just in case you need to wait anything out.
Take It Slow And Be Patient
Above all else, just remember to give yourself more distance in between your bumper and the vehicle in front of you. It takes significantly more time to brake when the roads are slick. It also takes more time to accelerate from a stop, especially for vehicles without Four Wheel Drive or All Wheel Drive, so be patient on the roads.
Replace Your Windshield Wipers
The rubber on your windshield wipers wears down over time after each use. Eventually, they’ll just smear everything over your windshield. That’s not going to help you see clearly driving through a storm where visibility is imperative.
Keep An Eye On Your Windshield Washer Reservoir
When cars around you are constantly spewing sludge and other icky garbage from the roads, you’re going to use up a lot of windshield washer fluid to maintain visibility ahead of you. The last thing you want is to be on a long drive, only to run out of windshield washer fluid and be forced to drive with your head out the window just to see.
Just Hang Out At Our Broomfield Apartment Community
If it’s really coming down outside and you don’t necessarily have to travel anywhere, then just cancel your plans and spend the evening in. Even if your vehicle is outfitted with excellent snow tires and you drive as carefully as possible, there’s no telling what other drivers on the road could do.
You don’t have any control over them, and if one of them accidentally hits you, you’re in for a head-ache inducing insurance situation in the cold…and that’s not to mention dealing with any potential injuries as a result of the collision.
Rest And Relax At Your New Home: Our Luxury Apartments In Broomfield!
The Stonegate Apartments are proud to be your new home base situated in the perfect spot along Colorado’s front range. Any questions about our pet-friendly apartments? Don’t hesitate to get in touch, or reference this page to learn more!