Safe Travels

By: Joe Gagnon Email
By: Joe Gagnon Email

Winter weather may be delayed so far, but not being prepared for when snowstorms hit can be fatal. The first step is critical: Let someone know where you are going and what time you plan on arriving. The man involved in the accident on Highway 141 may not have told anyone where he was or what time he planned on coming home.

For the wife of one commuting husband, she is very concerned about her spouse's daily travels. Helen Steven's husband takes the forty-minute drive to Delta each day. "He has a four-wheel drive truck so he thinks he can do anything," she says.

It's good to be confident while the roads are dry, but as we get farther into winter and snow starts to fall, being over-confident in your driving ability can be fatal. Mesa County Search and Rescue is called out at least three times each winter for vehicles stuck in the snow. Rich Hill from Search and Rescue says, "Here in the valley with all the topography it's a magnet and a lure.. people want to go up on the mountains and into the snow..."

One too many drivers travel into the snow without being properly prepared, but taking simple precautions can help save you and other a lot of trouble; no matter if you're taking a week-long excursion or a light hike in the woods, "A three-hour tour can turn into a life or death ordeal," says rescuer Allen Kelly.

Some tips, check your tires. Make sure the tread on your shoes are solid and your air pressure stays at the proper amount, and don't risk it with balding tires, invest in new ones. Javier Villapando from Big O Tires says, "Get snow tires on there because they do grip up twice as good in the wet weather..."


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