So last night we had our first snow in a long time, and it didn't take long for us to look out the window here at the station and see the police dealing with an accident on Kearns Blvd.
People, it's pretty simple - you live in the mountains, you need to know the rules for winter driving, so here they are:
- Make sure you have a brush/scraper in your car.
- Use said brush/scraper to clear the snow from ALL YOUR WINDOWS before you drive away. Too many people just clear a hole on the driver's side and assume that wind will clear the rest by the time they get to where they're going. I saw 3 such vehicles last night on my way home. Idiots.
- Make sure your wiper blades are in good shape and you have wiper fluid. It doesn't do much good to follow steps 1 & 2 if your windshield is then quickly covered in streaks from the road spray and slush, and you can't clear that.
- Just because you have 4-wheel drive, doesn't mean you can stop on a dime. Sure, you're not skidding all over the road, but that doesn't give you permission to drive 80 mph in the middle of a storm. When the guy in front of you skids, you're going to plow right into him. Slow down idiot.
- Pay attention. It's bad enough when you're busy answering calls or god-forbid texting while driving, searching for songs on your iPod, etc. When the snow is falling, let the phone ring, put it on shuffle and focus on the task at hand - driving. Delayed reaction time + snowy roads = SMASH!
- Be prepared. Yes, it's the slogan for the Boy Scouts, but keeping jumper cables, gloves (they have a compartment just for them!) a hat, a blanket or two, and some other essentials in the car (hand-warmers, flashlight, water bottle) could come in handy if you slide off the road.
- Be smart. If you don't need to go somewhere while it's snowing (aside from the resorts of course), wait a bit. Let UDOT do their thing and clear the roads. You'll save yourself some stress and you'll be much happier at the end of the day.
That is all.