Snow skiing in Colorado! It’s the perfect winter getaway. However, those of you coming from warmer climates, might want a few tips.
We live in southern Colorado, just north of the Oklahoma state line. AND, I’m a bit of an expert when it comes to advising southern tourists traveling by car into our winter wonderland state. As most of you know, my family owns the local NAPA Store, and you can find me there, pretty much all the time.
Here are a few tips and tricks when you are travelling to Colorado during the winter months.
Windshield Washer Fluid: Make sure you have it! If you are travelling from a warmer state, fill the reservoir with fluid which contains a DE-ICER. This is biggest problem our travelers face….they arrive here and their windshield washer fluid has frozen in the reservoir. Not. A. Good. Situation.
Wiper Blades: Make double SURE your wiper blades are in good condition. If there is any doubt, replace them BEFORE you head to Colorado. Also, when you park your vehicle, make triple sure you turn off the wipers. Starting your car, in freezing temperatures, when your wiper blades are “on”, is a sure way to damage them beyond repair.
Emergency Kit: Bla, bla, bla. You have heard it all before, right? Please trust me on this. I can’t tell you how many times travelers have been stranded on our highways due to blizzard conditions, road closures, and unfortunately, wrecks. People, just like you and me, are stranded for HOURS, sitting in our vehicles. Blankets, snacks, flashlights, and yes, Charmin, are essential. Just trust me.
Keep The Muffler Clear: This is pretty much a no-brainer, but something we all need to remember!
If you slide off the road and are stuck in snow, PLEASE get out and make sure the snow is cleared from the muffler.
Ice Scraper/Brush: Make sure you have an ice scraper! A scraper with a brush is the best…for obvious reasons.
Know The Signs Of Altitude Sickness: Listen to your body and know the signs of altitude sickness. Seek medical attention if you experience any of these symptoms:
- Shortness of breath during exertion
- Decreased appetite
- Swelling of arms and legs