After the recent snow storm and fog the last few days, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) issued a warning for drivers to prepare for poor road conditions. According to a spokesman for UDOT, John Cleason, “So far it’s been very mild, we’ve gotten off easy this season, but this is a good reminder to people to be prepared before you leave to work” as reported by Good 4 Utah. The spokesman also said, “Far too many times we see the first snowfall is a re-learning period for people to drive in the winter, so we want to make sure that everyone is prepared. We see a lot of fender-benders, slide-offs that are associated with the first snow, and that can really snarl traffic as well as injure people so we want to make sure that everyone is doing all they can to be prepared.”
For many, the first storm of the season serves as a reminder to get everything in order before the winter. For example, checking your tire pressure, windshield wipers, and a safety kit with all the necessary items in case of an emergency can be extremely important. If you do not have a safety kit ready to go in your car, we strongly encourage you to get one. You can find many websites that sell safety kits that can make all the difference in a sticky winter situation. For many, simply purchasing the items at a local store will suffice. At The Advocates, we have curated a list of things that might help you put together items in your safety kits. That list can be found here.
The Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) takes winter driving very seriously. In fact, they have dedicated an entire section of their website to the subject. The website features tabs with information regarding road conditions, weather, driving tips, snow plows, vehicle prep and other useful information. This material can help you drive safer when it’s snowing. For example, their simple tagline, “Ice and Snow, Take it Slow” is good information for everyone. Accident after accident is caused by people driving too fast with icy conditions. Planning ahead and allowing yourself a little extra time to drive can help you have a safer drive. If you don’t feel pressed for time, you will likely slow down when the weather conditions are hazardous. As mentioned, DPS provides updates regarding road conditions with live cameras to let you see how the flow of traffic is moving. These reports can help you gauge how much time it will take you to drive somewhere while driving cautiously.
At The Advocates, we see people every day whose lives have been tarnished by serious accidents. Many of these accidents occurred during winter storms. Anything that could help prevent a winter accident is worth trying. We hope that you stay safe this upcoming winter season and utilize these tips. Take stock of what you need to do to be ready for whatever this upcoming winter has in store for you.