What are some tips make sure that your car is properly equipped to handle the mountains of snow?

Asked by Trulia Denver, Denver County, CO Mon Jan 14, 2013

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Jon Roberts, Agent, Denver, CO
Mon Jan 14, 2013
Mountains of snow? We don't see THAT much snow here in Denver. We get out share, but usually pretty manageable. First, any all-wheel or four-wheel drive will do much better than any two-wheel drive car. Snow tires or good all-season with sufficient tread is recommended. As silly as it sounds, be sure to keep an ice scraper in the car. I remove it each spring and then forget once, the first time it's needed in the winter! An emergency package is highly recommended. I've been stranded on closed highways in the mountains more than once. Some food, water and blanket are key essentials. You can add all kinds of other items, room permitted (flashlight, game/cards, etc).
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JOHN A ZAMBR…, Agent, Arvada, CO
Wed Jan 16, 2013
As a Colorado native I can attest to the harsh winters we can experience here.
Here is a must have list
1. Good all season tires for the city and flat out snow tires for mountain driving.
2. Always keep some emergency supplys in the vehicle . blanket , flash light , solar charger for cell phone, water ,and non pareishable snack.
3. Keep a new bottle of windsheild wash in your car , the mag chloride used on the streets will make it impossible to drive without wash .
4.Have your local oil change company test your antifreeze before each winter season. you want it to be good to at least 20 below zero for Colorado weather
5.Finally,t you need some good winter wiper blades to keep that windsheild from icing up while your driveing
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Forget the pessimistic and optimistic answers, this respondent has given you a very concise and realistic answer for Colorado AND Mountain conditions.
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Kevin and Ju…, Agent, Wildomar, CA
Mon Jan 14, 2013
Adding to answers already given - Some areas might also require you carry chains for your vehicle -
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Also a great addendum. Keep a reliable, strong set of tire chains in the trunk. Some mountain roads will not allow passage without chains, in snow conditions. You also may be able to find a tire dealer that will stud a set of snow tires or sell you 4 factory studded snow tires. ( studs may or may not be legal depending on your locale )
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Fri Sep 12, 2014
Being equipped with a brain that tells you when it's just too risky to venture out. In areas where snow is a constant risk, staying touch with weather forecasts is vitally important to one's safety.

The time when people find themselves in trouble is usually when people aren't in touch with their changing environment.....staying tuned and not taking unnecessary risks could be a "life saver!"

Just keeping it real!

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Steven Wake, Home Buyer, Emerald Lake Estates, Panama City Beach, FL
Fri Sep 12, 2014
Buy a Subaru. Pack warm clothes, blankets, gloves, beanie, boots, trail mix, flashlights, ice scraper and windshield washer fluid if you travel into the mountains at night. Never leave your vehicle if you are stranded. Use mobile phone.
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Lake Bishop, Agent, Denver, CO
Mon Jul 8, 2013
Of course you want to make sure you have really good tires. If you can get snow tires and swap them for your regular tires. Use 1 set half the year the other set half the year, you will get twice the time out of the tires just more money up front. I would also keep an emergency kit in your car, extra jack, gloves, hat, a candle and lighter, not a bad idea to have some kind of snacks that won't go bad either.
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Ritchy Haynes, , Denver, CO
Wed Jun 26, 2013
Many repair facilities and lube shops have winter tune ups for this reason. Best to leave it to them.
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Robert McGui…, Agent, Denver, CO
Mon Jan 14, 2013
Trulia Denver,

There are some important and even life saving things to consider in the Colorado mountains. First, the car must be kept in top shape as to normal maintenance. Oil changes, windshield washer blades, windshield and rear window defrosters working well, etc. It is also really important to have the proper winter tread tires (like Blizzak). The best radial tires may be of no real value in plodding your way through a big snow storm. It is good in Colorado to a box of emergency items in the trunk including - gloves, snow boots, blankets, water, food, flashlight and batteries, a gallon of windshield washer fluid, paper towels, a shovel, and more. These storms can start fast with no warning so preparation is essential. The weathermen and other safety gurus say 'never let your gas tank get below half in the winter months'. It also helps to have a full tank for the weight in the rear if you have a rear wheel drive vehicle.

Robert McGuire ASR
Your Castle Real Estate
Direct - 303-669-1246
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Marina Bay, Agent, Greenwood Village, CO
Mon Jan 14, 2013
That's a fun question! The first thing that comes to mind is - buy the right car : ) SUVs are super popular in Denver because of high clearance, 4 wheel drive, room to throw in your outdoor gear. If you are planning to stay in town and not venture into the mountains, there is hardly any snow on the ground, so a sedan or a 2 wheel drive is just fine. Always carry water, blanket and snacks.
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