"Mountain Driving rules for Colorado visitors" Colorado Transportation Tip by dolphingoddess
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I know that many visitors to Colorado are what we lovingly refer to as 'flat-landers.' Meaning, that you are unaccustomed to driving in the moutains.
IMHO, Colorado is the most beautiful state in the US. Breathtaking vistas and views abound in and around the Rocky Mountain region. That being said, should you choose to drive in the mountains, there are some basic principles that need to considered.
Many mountain roads are only 2 lane roads, meaning one lane in each direction. With many switchbacks and blind curves, passing lanes are an all too infrequent occurrence. You will notice significant fluctuations in speed limits on a mountain road. Just because you just saw a speed limit sign of 20 mph for a curve, does NOT mean that the speed limit is 20 mph until you see the next speed limit sign. Typically when not negotiating significant curves, speeds average between 35-40 in the straight-aways. If you are not comfortable taking curves at or near the posted speed limit, please be aware of and courteous to other drivers who do not share your phobia.
You will also notice that there are signs along the road for 'Slow vehicle pullout/pulloff.' If you look in your rear-view mirror and see a HUGE line of cars behind you, guess what? YOU are the slow moving vehicle and need to get out of the way.
We understand that our state is beautiful and breathtaking and welcome you to enjoy the sights and natural wonders. However, you must also realize that we live here and have schedules and lives to lead and oblivious tourists are a danger to us all. Please stay alert for your sake and ours.
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