FRISCO — A visiting family lands at Denver International Airport, ready for a ski trip in the mountains. They rent an all-wheel-drive SUV, which typically doesn’t come with snow tires, and begin the trip up Interstate 70.
When the family arrives, they try to reach the cabin they rented, and find that they can’t make the drive up the sometimes unplowed road and driveway without sliding backward. Pete Griff, owner of Breckenridge Rental Car, said this is the most common call he gets.
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As one of the few rental car companies that has snow tires on every car, Griff said he has often rented to people who already have another car from a Denver rental company that doesn’t offer snow tires.
Griff said snow tires are particularly important for rental cars because a lot of visitors are not used to driving in the snow. Even if there isn’t a blizzard, he said, it helps improve traction in mild winter weather.
Griff recommends people flying into DIA take a shuttle to the mountains instead of driving themselves, and then rent a car with snow tires after arriving in Summit County.
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