Ten things for winter-driving virgins to know before hitting snowy roads

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A few months back, we shared our top ten driving tips non-Colorado natives forget at start of their second winter here. But with a major storm hitting the area, and the likelihood that folks without much experience behind the wheel in winter conditions will be visiting the Broncos' hometown to watch the Super Bowl, we turned to the experts: the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Below, see ten pieces of advice for before and during your drive, ordered and photo-illustrated by us and featuring NHTSA text. Count down the selections below.

Number 10: Drive slowly

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It's harder to control or stop your vehicle on a slick or snow-covered surface. On the road, increase your following distance enough so that you'll have plenty of time to stop for vehicles ahead of you.
Number 9: Know what kind of brakes your vehicle has and how to use them properly
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In general, if you have antilock brakes, apply firm, continuous pressure. If you don't have antilock brakes, pump the brakes gently.
Continue to keep counting down the ten things for winter-driving virgins to know before hitting snowy roads.

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16 comments
Jessica MaLae
Jessica MaLae

If any of this is news to you, you shouldn't be driving. Ever.

Kyla Cangemi
Kyla Cangemi

Everyone says the safest thing to do is to take it fairly slow. But if we drive five under the speed limit when we're terrified of the road conditions, people still get angry at us. Two words: go around.

Sterling Meeks Isatool
Sterling Meeks Isatool

I borrowed Mom's Station Wagon. I wore my helmet. She let me drive around the parking lot

Becca Miller
Becca Miller

And turn on your headlights so people can see you!

Jack Power
Jack Power

If you know how to drive, snow is really fun! GTI 4 life

Brian Smith
Brian Smith

But I have an new shinny SUV. So this doesn't apply to me, right?

Eli Chavez
Eli Chavez

PEOPLE! Get better tires. Baldy's don't work! US-36 westbound from Broadway to Federal can't even get up the small hill. It was like an obstacle course, several of us who no better just zipped by.

Jake Culbertson
Jake Culbertson

I left home at 5:15, and other than the idiot slow drivers doing 10-15mph on highway 36, who insist on driving in the left lane, it was fine.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Spoken like a man night afraid of a little winter driving. Thanks for the post, Jack.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Amen, Eli. Thanks for sharing your experiences -- and glad you made it to your destination safely.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

That's a word a lot of Coloradans know by heart, Nicholas. Thanks for weighing in.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Leaving early on a day like today is key, Jake. Thanks.

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