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Safe Winter Driving Tips

Gently falling snow looks beautiful on Christmas morning, but when the storm evolves into a blizzard, it can make driving to grandma’s house hazardous. You don’t want to spend Christmas at a windshield repair shop in Utah, so keep your hands on ten and two and follow these winter driving tips.

1

Make Sure Your Windshield Wiper Blades Work Properly

Make Sure Your Windshield Wiper Blades Work Properly

If you live in a part of Utah where winter hits hard, then you might want to consider installing snow blades.

2

Check Your Tires

Check Your Tires

Make sure they are properly inflated. The tread on underinflated tires doesn’t grip the road as well as its design. The same is true for overinflated tires.

3

Consider Relying on Snow Tires for the Winter Instead of All-Season Wheels

Consider Relying on Snow Tires for the Winter Instead of All-Season Wheels

Because of their unique tread design, snow tires provide better traction and will make for safer winter driving.

4

Remove Ice From Your Windshield Before Driving

Remove Ice From Your Windshield Before Driving

Remove snow from all your windows, mirrors, headlights and brake lights. Don’t be careless with de-icing your car, even if you’re in a hurry. A small pocket of clear windshield isn’t enough for good visibility.

5

Repair the Rock Chips in Your Windshield

Repair the Rock Chips in Your Windshield

A small chip in your windshield can grow during the winter, impair visibility and endanger you and your passengers. Find a Utah windshield repair shop and get it fixed.

6

Drive Slow

Drive Slow

Stick to slower speeds to avoid hydroplaning on a slick road. Also, try to avoid icy bridges or congested roads on your route if possible.

7

Don't Slam on the Brakes if You Start to Skid

Don't Slam on the Brakes if You Start to Skid

Keep calm and gently steer your car in the direction you want to go. Push on and off the brake pedal gently if you don't have anti-lock brakes to prevent skidding.

8

Anticipate Stops

Anticipate Stops

Keep plenty of distance between you and the car in front of you. When you need to stop, slowly apply pressure to the brakes.

9

Keep the Radio off

Keep the Radio off

The traffic and weather information chiming in over the radio may be helpful, but it can also be a deadly distraction. During bad weather, it’s best to keep the radio off.

10

Never Use a Cell Phone When Driving on Snow and Ice

Never Use a Cell Phone When Driving on Snow and Ice

Distracted driving is especially dangerous in bad weather and can lead to serious accidents.

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