As a Utahn, you’re no stranger to driving in difficult weather. It snows more than twice the national average here in Utah!
However, winter driving can be more stressful and less predictable.
Here are five tips for driving in inclement weather:
#1 Slow down.
Inclement weather can make the roads slippery and decrease visibility. Slowing down will give you more time to react to any potential hazards.
#2 Leave extra space between vehicles.
Leave more space between you and the vehicle in front of you. This will give you more time to stop if the vehicle ahead of you suddenly stops.
#3 Use your headlights.
Turn on your headlights to increase visibility and to make it easier for other drivers to see you.
#4 Avoid sudden movements.
In inclement weather, sudden movements such as sudden braking or turning can cause your vehicle to lose traction.
#5 Plan your route accordingly.
In the summer, you likely don’t have to provide yourself with extra time to reach your destination. However, in the winter, it’s always best to give yourself a buffer just in case you run into any issues along the way.
#6 Be familiar with your vehicle.
Know how your vehicle handles in different weather conditions and how to use the various features such as anti-lock brakes, traction control and windshield wipers.
In addition, it’s important to have your vehicle in good condition, specifically the brakes, tires, windshield wipers and lights are in good working condition. Also, it’s important to have emergency equipment such as a blanket, flashlight, and a charged cell phone with you. These can help you make the best of any situation due to driving in the winter!
Driving in the winter can be tough. If another’s negligence caused you to sustain injuries in a car accident, we’re here to help you recover the compensation you deserve.