Whether driving on icy roads or navigating through a snowstorm, weather increases the chances of getting in an accident, and the statistics prove it. However, drivers can do their part to stay safe in the winter conditions.
“Probably the biggest thing is just make extra time for yourself when driving,” says Utah Highway Patrol Cpl. David Brooks. “Just go slow.”
Drivers should ensure they have proper visibility through all windows and mirrors before they begin their commutes.
“Make sure to scrape your windshields,” Brooks says. “That’s one thing that really bugs me is when people are driving with icy windshields.”
Brooks also stressed the need for adequate tires that can handle winter conditions.
“You wouldn’t believe how many wrecks I go to and the car’s tires are bald,” he says.
The Utah Department of Public Safety has provided drivers with a list of tips for staying safe during the winter:
- Drive under the speed limit
- Avoid quick stops, starts and turns
- Increase your following distance
- Use extra caution when changing lanes
- Always buckle up
- Watch for black ice
- If you skid, ease off the gas and turn into the skid
- Don’t use cruise control
- Keep your gas tank close to full
- Give snow plows room to work
- The road behind an active snow plow is safer to drive on
For the complete list of winter driving tips, including videos and more detailed explanations, visit the Winter Driving in Utah website for more information.