Tips for holiday driving from the Colorado State Patrol

Colorado Grand Junction (KREX) — The Colorado State Patrol offers advice on how to make your drive to your vacation destination safer and more enjoyable if you’re traveling by car this year

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The first caution from State Patrol is to never drive while intoxicated or stoned. Examining crash statistics for the Western Slope in 2022, Colorado State Troopers investigated 141 crashes involving drunk drivers between October 1 and December 31. With 51 crashes, December was the top month.

Winter conditions can also make driving more difficult during the holidays. The State Patrol advises that you always scrape your windows and roof to remove snow and ice in order to travel safely in the winter. Check the tire tread and car’s fluid levels as well. Increasing the following space between you and the vehicle in front of you is another helpful hint disabling cruise control and making an effort to continue moving forward when climbing a hill.

Finally, always arrive at your destination prepared. Bring extra supplies in case you have a long traffic wait or your car breaks down, such as sleeping bags, water, snacks, flashlights, candles, and phone chargers.

“blizzard warning”

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Conditions of Blizzarding Cause Travel disruptions in the Northern and Central Plains
Forecasters predicted that strong gusts and subfreezing temperatures will result in ice roads and poor visibility through the early hours of Wednesday.Early on Tuesday, blizzard or ice storm warnings were still in effect for over a million people in the Northern and Central Plains due to hazardous driving conditions brought on by heavy snow, freezing rain, and strong winds. According to experts, these conditions might persist until early Wednesday.

Parts of South Dakota and Nebraska had received up to four inches of snow as of Tuesday morning, but severe gusts made it difficult to get precise measurements, according to Amanda Viken, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in North Platte, Nebraska. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that since Monday, up to one foot of snow had fallen in many locations in southeast South Dakota.

Through Tuesday night, up to four further inches of snow were predicted for western South Dakota, western Nebraska, far eastern Wyoming, and northern
Colorado was reported by the National Weather Service. Forecasters warned that freezing temperatures and high winds might result in slick roads and whiteout conditions throughout the day in regions where snowfall had ceased or slowed.

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