It's that time of year again! Time to think about winter and all that comes along with it. Some people are apprehensive at first to drive in snow. The temperatures are cooling, the days are shorter, and we never seem to be any less busy than before. It's time to make time to ensure that you and your vehicle are ready for the snow and ice yet to come for the season. As I drove up Monte Cristo yesterday, I couldn't help but give my tires a second thought- do they have enough tread for the season? Am I prepared with what I need to drive in a Utah winter?
With that in mind, let's review a checklist for your car that you should probably have checked before the snow is here to stay!
Have a mechanic check the following items on your car:
Wipers and windshield washer fluid
Flashing hazard lights
Install good winter tires. Make sure the tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions. However, some jurisdictions require that to drive on their roads, vehicles must be equipped with chains or snow tires with studs(ie. ski resorts and mountain passes). Keep a windshield scraper and small broom for ice and snow removal. Maintain at least a half tank of gas during the winter season.
AAA Tips for Driving in the Snow
Parents, as the weather turns and we check our own knowledge, skills, and equipment, we also need to take a few minutes to look at what our young-adult drivers are commuting in as well. Take a few minutes to teach them what they need to know to be safe and successful drivers as they commute to their school or job. Remember that you didn't know it all once and somebody took the time to show and teach you as well. Here are some additional resources to help you be more successful when talking with your teen or young-adult.
Teaching your teen to drive in the Snow- The Brand Connection
Driving in the snow shouldn't keep you in. Being prepared is the most important tip and going slow.
We hope this helps you prepare to drive in a Utah Winter.