Top Latest Word posts of 2013, No. 3: Driving tips for non-natives in second winter

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Editor's note: We're counting down the most popular Latest Word posts of 2013. This one came in at No. 3. Read it as originally published.

November 21, 2013: 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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7 comments
Pete Copeland
Pete Copeland

sooooo, colorado is the only place with snow?

vx951
vx951

Proper sunglasses for both conditions, Test powder on empty parking lots, learn how to use that parking brake,do everything in slow motion.    learn the different types of snow.  Driving on them is very different.  Mountain driving is different that lowland.

Jessica Salazar
Jessica Salazar

People should pass a "snow storm" driving test before obtaining a colorado drivers license.

Chris Howland
Chris Howland

Road Tip 11 - 4 wheel drive doesn't mean 4 wheel stop in icy conditions

Carl Wlodarczyk
Carl Wlodarczyk

There are just as many natives who need this same advice.

smile_hi
smile_hi

sorry, noob ... downshifting can cause wheels to spin.

Try it sometime - just not around me.

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