Countless wrecks, crazy traffic, and Kimball Property Maintenance drivers helping stuck cars, buses and semi trucks, has been the scene during today’s storm.
The first big storm of the year always calls for a reminder of what to do, and what NOT to do, when driving in the snow.
This morning, we touched base with a few KPM team members who have been out on the roads, and asked them their top recommendations for Utah drivers this season. Based on their answers, we’ve compiled a list of KPM’s Top 5 Snow Travel Safety Tips.
Don't Drive: This was #1 for each of the drivers we spoke to today. If at all possible, STAY OFF THE ROADS. When snow is accumulated as fast as it was this morning, it’s best for people to wait. it. out. Don’t try to drive into work, take the kids to school, or run errands - heavy snow and rush hour traffic is never a good combination.
Warm Clothes & Blankets: If you absolutely have to drive while it’s snowing, make sure to have warm clothes and blankets in your vehicle. In the event you get stuck, or have to get out of your car for any reason, you’ll be grateful you are prepared.
Braking & Steering: When driving in the snow, the main tip is never to slam on the breaks. When you need to bring your vehicle to a stop, gently pump on the brake pedal. This is especially true if you notice you are beginning to slide. Additionally, if you are sliding and your vehicle begins to turn, turn your steering wheel in the same direction that you are already sliding - DO NOT try to overcorrect by turning your wheel in the opposite direction. The key to driving in the snow is staying calm. By being prepared and reminding yourself of these few techniques before you begin to travel, will prevent panic and allow you to act instinctively if a situation presents itself.
- Keep Your Distance: Everyone should be driving slowly when it’s snowing. No matter how slow the person in front of you is traveling, keep your distance. There should always be two car lengths between you and the vehicle in front of you.
Prepare Your Vehicle: At the end of the day, we live in Utah and it’s likely you are going to be driving in the snow at some point. Preparing your vehicle for snowy conditions is the best way to ensure safety. Snow tires, chains or studs are essential, especially if you are going to be driving into the canyons and live and work in areas that require you to go up and down big hills. Also, it’s likely you are driving a vehicle where the front carries more weight. Putting something heavy, like sandbags, in your trunk or bed of your truck, will weigh your entire vehicle down and help prevent sliding.
It’s likely you’ve heard some, if not most, of these tips before…
May this list of KPM’s Top 5 Snow Travel Safety Tips serve as an extra valuable reminder, since it’s coming from those who are out in these conditions all the time - and honestly, a bit jaded when it comes to driving in the snow.
Safe driving and happy holidays to you and your family!