Driving through the beautiful mountains of Summit County, Colorado can be extremely wonderful and can provide an exhilarating experience. However, it can prove to be tiring and can cause extra wear and tear on your vehicle. To drive safely in the area here are some tips to make your experience more enjoyable.
• Make sure that your vehicle is in good condition and well maintained. Check your brakes, windshield wipers, defroster, and heater and exhaust system.
• Your speed going downhill should not exceed the speed you use to go uphill.
• Don't hug the center of the road
• The vehicle going uphill has the right of way
• If you are slowing down to enjoy the scenery, be aware of the traffic behind you. If more than three cars are being held up behind you, find a pull out and let them by.
• Never explore unpaved roads unless you have told someone where you are going.
• Always carry lots of water and be prepared for any changes in the weather, both for yourself (coats, hats, gloves) and for your car (chains, shovels).
• Always be more observant and demonstrate common sense.
• Take frequent breaks.
Just relax, have fun and enjoy – but always be aware that mountain driving is significantly different than driving on a freeway or in a large metropolitan area.