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Driving Tips

Plan your travel and check the latest weather reports to avoid storms and severe weather.  Maintain at least 1/2 tank of gas at all times.  Fully check your vehicle before traveling.  Be sure to winterize your vehicle before the winter season starts. 

Call 511 from your cell phone for statewide road conditions, or 303-639-1111 for nationwide conditions. 

If you are driving

  • Travel during daylight hours.
  • Travel with more than one person.
  • Keep others informed of your location and schedule.
  • Stay on main roads; avoid back road shortcuts.

If you become trapped or stranded in a vehicle

  • Try to move the vehicle to the side of the road if possible.
  • Note the closest cross streets.  This will help responders locate you.
  • Remain in your vehicle where rescuers are most likely to find you.
  • Know the make, model, and color of your car.  You'll want to share this information when calling emergency responders.
  • Turn on hazard lights and hang a distress flag from the radio antenna or window.
  • Run the engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm.
  • Protect yourself from possible carbon monoxide poisoning by opening a downwind window slightly while your vehicle is running. Periodically clear snow from the exhaust pipe.
  • Exercise to maintain body heat, but avoid overexertion.
  • Huddle with passengers and use your coat, blanket, road maps, seat covers and floor mats for warmth.
  • Take turns sleeping. One person should be awake at all times to look for rescue crews.
  • Drink fluids to avoid dehydration.
  • Conserve car battery power by balancing the use of lights, heat and radio with supply.
  • Turn on the inside light at night so work crews or rescuers can see you.