Here in Denver, while we love the sun, snow is what really makes us happy! The fluffy precipitation sets up the slopes and blankets the trails beautifully however, also contributes to slush and treacherous driving conditions. Below, we will dive into how to navigate this enchanting yet endangering weather feature.
What is slush?
There are a couple different ways we see slush. It can be chipped ice doused in syrup to create a beverage or cold treat, the shavings left from coring out a hole for ice fishing, or even a frozen applesauce. All of these can be characterized by having ice crystals that have begun to melt, this is what “slush” is. Now, what does slush mean to us as drivers? Slush is the ugly brown gray, slurry that coats roads after a beautiful snowfall is tarnished by our tires. It is characterized as partially melted snow and this melt begins on impact.
Where does it come from?
When snow falls and hits the ground, it begins to melt thanks to geothermal heat radiating outward from our earth's core. As cars drive over the fallen snow continually, friction is created between the two. With friction comes heat, even just a minimal amount, which further encourages snow melt.The sun and warm temperatures are another two contributing factors to snow melt. Temperatures above freezing cause the solid crystalline structure of ice to shift towards the liquid state of water. Similarly, sun rays carry UV radiation and heat to the earth that contribute to melt.
How to deal with it
Before getting on the road, prepping your car for winter weather is important. First, check the tread on your tires. They carry both you and your vehicle from point a to point b and it is important to have traction all along the way. Warming up your car before driving is another good practice, a cold engine can cause major problems down the road. Keep your tank at least half full, though gas has a lower freezing point, this is still good practice in case you ever get stranded and need to keep your heat on.
When commuting, it is always a good idea to check your speed. Driving slower allows for more reaction time and control over your vehicle. Awareness is also important for safe driving. Analyzing other cars, signs, pedestrians, etc is tricky enough in the best weather; when more factors could contribute to an accident it is best to be cautious.
Here at Bear Creek we don’t want you to fear winter driving or let slush hamper your daily routines and life. Know what you are getting into on the roads and drive carefully! Looking for commercial snow removal? Give us a call
and we will get a crew out to your area!