Top ten driving tips non-Colorado natives forget at start of their second winter here

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Big photos below.
In February, we listed the ten scariest out-of-state license plates to see in a snowstorm. But just because a car has green-and-white mountain tags doesn't mean the driver has had them for years -- and many people who've moved here and survived their first Colorado winter tend to forget the lessons that helped them avoid nasty crashes between year one and year two. So, on the morn of the season's first notable snowfall, we offer photo-illustrated reminders to those of you starting your second Colorado winter, in the hope you don't kill the rest of us. Count them down below.

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Number 10: Slow the hell down
Those warnings about decreasing your speed when roadways are wet, snowpacked or icy shouldn't be dismissed as the suggestions of finger-wagging octogenarians who have seemingly forgotten what the gas pedal does. There's this little thing called physics that tells us that the faster you go, the farther you're apt to slide if you hit a slick spot. Really. We're not making this up.

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Number 9: Speaking of physics, SUVs aren't immune to it
Rides like Escalades can roll over a lot of things, but not the laws of science. In fact, if you start to slide in a giant sports-utility vehicle, the extra size and weight are apt to get you in trouble faster than if you were piloting a Mini Cooper. And that's not to mention the issues some SUVs have with rolling over and/or flipping. While you may feel badass zooming by everyone on a snowy day, they'll get the last laugh if you're on your top a minute or two later.

Continue to keep counting down the top ten things non-Colorado natives forget at the start of their second winter here.



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Christine Tully
Christine Tully

Good article Kendra...still miss that Colorado weather though!!!

Cliff Pfeifer
Cliff Pfeifer

Tip #11 - pull your head out of your ass and pay attention. Don't matter where you're from.

sballardo672
sballardo672

Never mind the transplants, notify the locals instead.  

Joslyn Larned
Joslyn Larned

It's not natives or transplants it's fkng old people. Self entitled steering wheel jockeys driving with blinders and the bird in the air. How hard is it to have common sense not to drive like a dumb ass when it snows? Wtf is this transplant crap? Unless their right outta the desert man I mean come on.

Shannon Fender
Shannon Fender

I find more natives forget this rule than transplants (I saw this as a native).

Eric Pan
Eric Pan

"Natives" need to get over themselves. It snows in other parts of the world besides Colorado...

Ryan Darling
Ryan Darling

The people who need snow driving education is the guy driving the truck with a snorkel and the "native" bumper sticker.

Ryan Darling
Ryan Darling

A critique of out-of-state driving by a denver based magazine?... Priceless.. I'm actually thinking elderly floridians are better snow drivers. Try driving in the north east ice for me one time.

Tim Burnham
Tim Burnham

LOL Colorado is most certainly not in the midwest.

Tim Burnham
Tim Burnham

I have lived all over the country and CO drivers are the worst BY FAR, regardless of conditions. Most seem to be completely oblivious to their surroundings, and they don't change their driving style when the winter weather comes. That coupled with the fact that 50% of the vehicles on CO roads would never in a million years pass any kind of safety inspection means that I get in my car everyday pretty much expecting an accident.

Gil Robert Nandez
Gil Robert Nandez

The transplants should just leave either way Colorado doesn't want them here either

Joann May
Joann May

I lived in the Roaring Fork Valley in the mountains for over 40 years...drove a big SUV with studded snow tires...did a 180 degree slide around a curve on I-70 between Vail and Eagle! I thought I was going to die. SUV's (even with studded tires) are not immune to ice...especially black ice or just after it starts to snow...it is treacherous!

Kammie Wood
Kammie Wood

In my opinion it's the snarky 'natives' that drive like crazies.

Brad Kinney
Brad Kinney

Westword .... Will you ever stop talking shit and reporting stupidity ?? You have got yourselves one of the most ignorant pieces of media I have ever seen ..... Get over your ego losers -

Craig Hammersmith
Craig Hammersmith

Natives often drive as poorly, if not worse, as transplants. Give it a rest, and keep your lies to yourself.

Thom Ericson
Thom Ericson

Coloradans get careless too some times. Nobody is perfect but for a lot of folks driving in snow and ice is a second nature. When it comes to what nature has in store be careful don't get over confident. That is as bad as being careless.

Tom Autry
Tom Autry

Especially in the snow. Fucking go we don't have all day.

Tom Autry
Tom Autry

All these non natives are saying we're the bad drivers. You're missing the point. Of course we're psychos YOU need to adjust to our recklessness. Us natives understand, yellow means speed up and 55 means 70.

Eric Addicott
Eric Addicott

Drive as if you have no brakes. But actually know that you CAN use your brakes, but only lightly, and only when traveling in a perfectly straight line.

Max Padilla
Max Padilla

Not all Russians can drive in the winter either? Don't you people watch YouTube?

Max Padilla
Max Padilla

Sad part is... You can't get a job where your from because where your from SUCKS!... Remember?....

Max Padilla
Max Padilla

You complain like you do. Colorado has given you a job for the last ten years.. Show some respect.. Dont they Teach you that where your from?

Max Padilla
Max Padilla

True natives don't hate transplants. We only hate the ones that come here and complain. Nobody likes a whiner.

Scott Chase
Scott Chase

Are u kidding? What about the dumbasses that live here since birth?

David Goodlin
David Goodlin

Texas transplant's first Colorado winter. Watch out folks! ... I'm just guna walk.

Max Padilla
Max Padilla

Slave to you're job.. Move home if your not happy.. Since you hate it here and and hate the people..

Humungotron
Humungotron

You forgot one - If you're driving slow, get the fuck out of the fast lane. People who have driven in snow, and can go faster than 15mph are really unappreciative of the asshats backing up the fast lane for miles.

Jeremy Steward
Jeremy Steward

I moved cause a job moved me here...but your negative attitude is exactly what I was referring to...been here 10 years and its all the same. Thanks for validating my point. Have a wonderful night

Max Padilla
Max Padilla

Transplant trash what elitist attitude are you talking about? Don't you mean the pride Coloradans have for living in this great state. P.S. Where your from sucks the drivers suck the family you left there sucks every thing about where your from sucks. That's why you moved here remember?

Marty Marie Amdahl
Marty Marie Amdahl

For instance today I saw a car with a native sticker stuck on top of a median. Probably because they were driving like an ass and swerved to avoid hitting someone. ;)

Marty Marie Amdahl
Marty Marie Amdahl

Soooo there are a lot of natives that can't drive to save their lives either, why are you always downing transplants?

Brian Listy
Brian Listy

I have yet to experience a city where the driving is as bad as Denver. I'm not native and I will drive the shit out of these roads in the snow! My wife and I frequently joke that Coloradans should be sent to Detroit for drivers education; the city would be a great place if you damn people learned how to drive a car.

Jared Adsero
Jared Adsero

I think CO. natives need these tips more then out of towners

Fred Kaplan
Fred Kaplan

LOL non-Coloradoans ...its the locals that seem to think that their big SUV's can stop, hate stopping at red lights and stops signs and that little lever for turn signals LOL

Craig Becker
Craig Becker

Transplants are better drivers then natives, fact.

Skid Jarrett Gilmore
Skid Jarrett Gilmore

I drove plenty of Chicago area winters and cannot be controlled. This CO native shit is stupid as fuck. Most natives suck in the snow - let alone rain and every other weather condition.

gumptionhummingbird
gumptionhummingbird

@Humungotron  - I have not yet seen someone going 15 on an icy road that didn't need to.


Unless you're an emergency vehicle, no one cares if you show up to whatever mutual admiration society you belong to, so it's best if you slow your vain ass down and consider that others might not have the awesome vehicle or inflated confidence you do.


Or else, go ahead, raise your middle finger & slide your ass off the road. I'll have the last laugh.  Believe me, I always do.

Humungotron
Humungotron

Judging from your comment, I'm going to assume you're the kind of person who sits in the fast lane going 60, even when the weather is decent. Somehow, your superior driving skills are so much better than every one elses, and you're vehicle is so much better prepared/equipped that you can make judgments on another person's abilities just from a short sentence, or by your asinine assumptions of someone you've never met. Just because you're uncomfortable driving faster than 15 mph does not mean I feel the same. Yes, there have been times I've felt it necessary to go that slow. Yes, there have been situations where I was completely uncomfortable driving at all. But at least I'm paying enough attention to get the fuck out of the way of the people who don't feel the same. Keep right, except to pass. Its a law. Look it up.

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