Winter Driving Tips?

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A jeep pulls out of a parking lot with caution after receiving a few inches of fresh snow. Photo by Casey Yardley

A jeep pulls out of a parking lot with caution after receiving a few inches of fresh snow. Photo by Casey Yardley

Driving home this holiday season?! A little worried about those snowy roads and all those miles home? If so, here are some great tips and fun facts from experts to help you stay safe on the roads this winter!

-Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks. This may be a tricky one for college students facing finals, group projects and still trying to make it home at a decent time. However, it will pay off to get the sleep you need so you can make it safely to your destination, wherever that may be.

-Make sure you have a carrot in the car in case you see a snowman that’s lost his nose!

-Make certain your tires are properly inflated. This is an important one to keep in mind. If tires are not inflated properly it can cause a blowout, or loss of traction on slick roads, resulting in a huge delay in your travel time at the very least! Stopping off at the gas station to ensure the car tires are properly inflated can save a lot of time and money in the long run.

-Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface. Snow, ice, slush, or even rain can cause wheel-spin and loss of control situations in which drivers must react quickly. Although cruise control can generally be cut off by the driver’s simply tapping the brake pedal, the extra reaction time required when cruise control is engaged can be crucial.

-If you are travelling far on Christmas Eve carry a bright reflective sign with clear lettering, to be used if you get stuck in snow overnight. It should spell out: ‘Santa please stop.’ This is of course so he can deliver his presents to the car.

-Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads. This one is especially important considering that you are in Sanpete County and there are deer all over the place! Keep a close watch out for them and be prepared to stop and slow down when you seem them hanging out on the side (or in the middle!) of the road.

-Drivers, if you spot flying reindeer, avoid trying to race them; they tend to have a flying head start.

Whether you are traveling thousands of miles, or just around the corner, these safety tips and funs facts will help you to stay safe while driving this winter season! Happy driving!


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