Winter Driving Tips

Safe Winter Driving Tips

  • If you don’t have to go anywhere when the weather’s bad, stay home!
  • Check all road conditions and weather forecast (1-866-511-UTAH or commuterlink.utah.gov).
  • Let someone know your itinerary, especially for long trips. Make sure your vehicle is prepared for the conditions.
  • Clear snow and ice from your vehicle’s windows, mirrors, lights, and license plates.
  • Turn lights on at dusk, in rain, snow and fog (but not brights in foggy conditions).
  • TAKE IT SLOW — reduce your speed.
  • Avoid quick stops, starts and turns — smooth and gradual movements will help you stay in control of your vehicle.
  • Leave extra space between you and other vehicles, especially snowplows.
  • Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and in shaded areas — they are likely to freeze first and stay frozen.
  • If your vehicle starts to skid, steer into the direction of the slide.
  • Be focused, alert and aware — pay attention to what’s going on around you.

Don’t Crowd the Plow

Clearing the roads, salting them with that Great Salt Lake brine . . . Snowplows do great things! Occasionally they’ll do kind of annoying things like shoving all that icy, wet, chunky snow from the street right onto your driveway apron that you just finished shoveling. But that’s the exception,  These beasts of the road need room to do their work properly. While you may think they’re in your way, you are probably in theirs. And they’re bigger, and they’re throwing snow and debris, so you need to back off! Don’t crowd the plow.

UDOT has these tips for staying safe around snowplows. Watch out for snowplows and consider:

  • Distance. Give snowplows room to work — they are wide and can cross the centerline or shoulder.
  • Never pass a snowplow on the right!!
  • Keep back at least 200 feet (unless you like salt and abrasives damaging your windshield and paint.)
  • Snowplows frequently stop and backup, so give them plenty of room! (Don’t crowd the plow!)