Colorado is known for having all the seasons, but it seems as if winter is one of the longest ones! Although it is beautiful, driving in the snow can be stressful and overwhelming for many. The roads are often icy and slick, so it is important to be prepared.
Protecting Yourself and Your Family
24% of weather-related crashes annually are due to snowy weather conditions. This also accounts for almost 2,000 car accident fatalities and 135,000 injuries. If you are considering moving to our lovely state or simply trading in your car, here are some of the top-rated vehicles to drive in snowy conditions.
- 2023 Subaru Outback
- 2022 Subaru Ascent
- 2022 Volvo XC40
- 2022 Acura RDX
- 2022 Audi A4
- 2022 Hyundai Kona SEL
- 2022 Mercedes-Benz- E-Class
- 2022 Hyundai Tucson
- 2022 Toyota Camry
- 2022 Mazda3
- 2022 BMW 3 Series
- 2022 Dodge Charger
- 2022 Nissan Altima
What to Look for in a Winter Driving Vehicle
When it comes to driving in the snow, you can’t beat all-wheel drive. Look for vehicles where all-wheel drive comes standard. You will also want a vehicle with a wider wheel stance for a more stable center of gravity and sufficient ground clearance to clear slushy roads. (At least 8” is a good rule of thumb.)
Other amenities you might want to consider are fog lights, heated front seats, heated windshield and exterior mirrors and larger windows for better line of sight. Of course, you will also want to make sure whatever vehicle you choose is outfitted with winter tires before the snow falls.
Driving in the Snow : Rules of the Road
Regardless of what vehicle you ultimately purchase, how you drive in the snow will matter more than what you drive. Four-wheel and all-wheel drive are great for traction and keeping you moving in snow and ice, but they don’t have that much more advantage over a front or rear-wheel drive vehicle for stopping in the same conditions. Give yourself plenty of room between you and the vehicles in front of you. Also give yourself extra time to make it to your destination when roads are slick. Drive for the conditions of the road rather than the posted speed limits. Careful driving coupled with a car built for the snow will give you a significant winter driving advantage.