(Last Updated On: April 6, 2014)

Skiers and riders rejoice over Breckenridge’s average of 300 inches of snow each winter; for those not used to winter (and spring) driving, all that snow can mean added stress on the road. Check out these three must-dos for driving in snowy winter and spring conditions.

1. Snow tires are a must.

Drivers may feel safe in a larger, four-wheel-drive vehicle. But if you can’t get traction you won’t be able to stop or turn, which means it doesn’t matter if you have two-wheel-drive or four-wheel drive. (Summit Express puts new snow tires on their vans every year.)

Snow tires are a must for winter driving. Photo by Rachel Zerowin

Snow tires are a must for winter driving. Photo by Rachel Zerowin

2. Distance yourself.

Drivers can plan for snow tires on their own vehicle, but leaving plenty of space between you and the vehicle ahead helps plan for others’ missteps.

It takes eight times further to stop the average size vehicle in winter driving conditions than it does in normal conditions.

3. Allow extra time.

Whether it’s a short trip across town or a week-long winter vacation, allowing extra time lets drivers slow down or wait out unexpected delays. Giving yourself an extra day on longer trips could help avoid a stressful drive that’s twice (or more) as long as it should be. If it’s that snowy, the whole crew will appreciate an extra day on the slopes.

About the author
Bob Roppel owns Summit Express, which offers shuttle service to and from Denver International Airport and the ski areas around Breckenridge, Colo. He requires all his drivers to participate in a week-long driving training class, three days of which is winter driving education. SummitExpress.com or 855-686-8267