Colorado Highways and Safe Travel
We are blessed with a great resource when it comes to travel in Colorado; the Colorado Department of Transportation, or CDOT.
CDOT Mobile is the only App that is sanctioned by the state, and provides the most accurate data about what’s happening on Colorado’s highways in real-time. Their App is refreshed / updated frequently with the most up-to-date travel information available so be sure to check it regularly.
According to their website, CDOT Mobile will provide travelers with the following information:
- Speeds and travel times
- Road conditions
- Incidents and road closures
- Road work to include construction and maintenance activities
- Data from CDOT’s closed circuit television cameras; available in real-time based upon your location
The information CDOT provides on CDOT Mobile is enhanced with data from weather data from Weather Underground, and directional maps from Google.
CDOT reminds those traveling Colorado’s roads this holiday season to be on the lookout for wildlife on the move! It’s migration season, and this time of year tends to see the highest incidence of wildlife-vehicle collisions. Slow down, scan the roadways (particularly between dusk and dawn) and give yourself time to react when you see animals on or near the roadway.
Note that from anywhere in the state, motorists can call 5-1-1 to listen to recorded information about road conditions, projected trip travel times, and trucker information. The call is free and the recordings are changed at minimum once an hour, and oftentimes more frequently as conditions change.
Free email and text alerts are available at www.coloradodot.info. Simply click the green cell phone icon in the upper right hand corner of the page and choose from a list of subscription options. Selections can be changed at any time, and include regional information, road condition updates, trucker chain law information, CDOT news, construction project information, and more.
The team at McDivitt Law Firm wants you to be safe as you travel throughout our beautiful state and beyond, but if you are involved in an auto accident, be sure to contact an experienced Colorado auto accident attorney. We can be reached toll free at 877-846-4878, or click here to request a case evaluation. The first consultation is free, and you won’t owe us anything until we collect money for you.
Additional highway safety information from The American Trucking Association:
(American Trucking Associations, 2013)
The American Trucking Association, the largest national trade association for the trucking industry, offers excellent advice on how to navigate through highway traffic and arrive at your destination safely. Tips include the following:
- Prepare your vehicle for long distance travel: Check your wipers and fluids. Have your radiator and cooling system serviced. Simple maintenance can prevent many of the problems that strand motorists on the side of the road.
- Plan ahead. Before you get on a highway, know your exit by name and number, and watch the signs as you near the off-ramp. Drivers making unexpected lane changes to exit often cause accidents.
- Remember that trucks are heavier and take longer to make a complete stop, so avoid merging quickly in front of them.
- When sharing the road with large trucks, be aware of their blind spots. If you can’t see the truck driver in his or her mirrors, then the truck driver can’t see you.
- Check your emergency kit. Contents should include: battery powered radio, flashlight, blanket, jumper cables, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable foods, maps, tire repair kit and flares.
- Be aware of changes in weather: Weather conditions across the U.S. fluctuate – especially during early mornings and evenings with the cold. Watch for ice, snow and other weather related obstacles.
- Keep your eyes on the road. Distracted driving is a major cause of traffic accidents. Even just two seconds of distraction time doubles the chances of an accident. Use your cell phone when stopped and never text while driving.
- Leave early so you won’t be anxious about arriving late and to accommodate unexpected delays. Road conditions may change due to inclement weather or traffic congestion.
- Ice, hail and snow make roads difficult to travel. Try to avoid driving through extreme weather conditions, and travel during daylight.
- Clear your windows and roof of snow to insure you have maximum visibility and avoid creating a hazard for the vehicle behind you. Don’t allow ice and snow to create additional blind spots on your vehicle.
- Be aware of the vehicle in front of you. Leave extra room between you and the vehicle in front so you can avoid snow and ice blowing onto your windshield or maneuver around patches of ice.
- Slow Down. With the extra highway congestion due to Holiday travel, speeding becomes even more dangerous. Allow plenty of space cushion and reduce your speed.
- Buckle up! Safety belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45 percent and are a simple way to increase your safety on the road.