Warmer temperatures are setting in across Colorado and the country. This is a reminder to drivers to always check the back seat when walking away from their vehicle.
In 2019, motor vehicle crashes cost American society $340 billion according the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (2013). This $340 billion figure of motor vehicle crashes represents the equivalent of $1,035 for each of the 328 million people in the United States and 1.6% of the $21.4 trillion real U.S. gross domestic product for the year 2019 (NHTSA, 2023).
If your car becomes stuck or stalled in winter weather, focus on yourself and your passengers, your car, and your surroundings. Stay put, stay safe and stay warm.
When driving in winter weather, SLOW DOWN. It is harder to control or stop your vehicle on icy or snow-covered surfaces. Increase your following distance so that you have plenty of time to stop for the vehicles ahead of you in wet, icy or snow-covered conditions.
In order for a freight train to stop, it may take up to a mile or more. That is 18 football fields of distance. Light trains may require about 600 feet or 2 football fields of distance to stop. Remember that trains, no matter what size, take longer to stop. Always be vigilant when coming up to and through a crossing, no matter if it is a freight, light or passenger train crossing.