Drive safely this winter!

We all know that, in Utah, the scariest driving conditions are during the first snowstorm of the fall. It seems like everyone forgets how to drive safely throughout the summer, and, when winter comes, most people aren’t ready for slick, icy roads. Well, in case you’re a lady who’s forgotten, here are a few reminders of how to drive safely this winter!

1.     Slow down!!! I cannot stress this enough. They say it on the news, your friends tell you before you leave, your boss will remind you, and you need to listen! Give yourself extra time when you’re traveling. Leave earlier for work and school. Also, try taking the back roads instead of the freeways.

2.     If it’s snowing or raining, even if it’s not dark, you should have your lights on. It helps other drivers find you when they check their mirrors.

3.     Don’t pass slow trucks. They likely have less visibility than you and less control of their vehicle. Be careful and patient! It’s very possible the roads become worse up ahead.

4.     Keep your snowbrush in your car year around. That way, you’ll have it available for the first storm and the last. You can also use it to help dig your car out of the snow if you ever find yourself stuck.

5.     Speaking of being stuck, if you are, don’t spin your wheels. You’ll only dig yourself in deeper and make it harder to get your car out. Try turning your wheels side to side or shifting your car from forward to reverse (carefully, as this can damage some transmissions). Call for help if you can! Otherwise, get out and dig.

6.     When there’s snow on your car, clean it off as much as you can, even the roof! While making a quick stop or turn, that top snow can escalate down to your windshield. Sometimes your windshield wipers won’t be able to clear it, and your view will be temporarily blocked. Plus, it’s startling and distracting!

7.     Lastly, always wear your seat belt! Just do it. Be safe. Make sure your phone is charged so you can call for assistance if you need. Don’t let your gas tank get too low in case you get stuck in traffic. Stay safe, collegiettes!

You can find these tips and more here.

Jetta is a fun and spunky communication student at the University of Utah. She has a lot of energy and an outgoing personality- perfect for her work in service coordination, peer advising, the Department of Communication, Express, and of course HerCampus! Jetta loves social media, writing, and learning new promotion and advertising skills. She does not currently drive a Jetta, but hopefully she can afford one upon completion of her degree!

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