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Winter weather can be dangerous, and that’s especially true on Utah roads. Colder temperatures can make it hard to see, harder to stop, and challenging to drive in snow, ice, and heavy rain. That being said, there are many simple things you can do to keep yourself safe and minimize your risk of accident or vehicle damage over the winter months. 

Here are some safety tips you can follow as you head out into winter weather this year.

Preparing Your Car for a Winter Drive

Prepare your car for winter by repairing any damages and making sure your car is in good shape. Check the tread on your tires (should be at least 2/3 of an inch), make sure you have sufficient gas, and that the brakes, heater, battery, headlights, turn signals, wipers, etc., are all in working order. You can also keep an emergency kit in your car with tire chains or sandbags if you’re going somewhere extra snowy.

What to Do Before You Hit the Road

It’s essential that you clear all snow off your windshield, roof, rear window, view side mirrors, and external cameras before heading out. Doing this will help you avoid fines or liability in case of a snow accumulation-instigated accident. Additionally, clear any dirt or snow off your car’s essential sensors to enjoy the help of safety assist features on your drives. Lastly, check the weather forecast and only head out when it’s absolutely necessary or safe, and carry an ice scraper and a brush with you. 

Safety Winter-Driving Tips

Winter driving requires more than preparation. Below are some driving tips to avoid crashes and collisions and stay safe this winter: 

  • Keep your car in good repair, and always check your tire pressure before hitting the road.
  • Have plenty of time to reach your destination.
  • Avoid using cruise control.
  • Be cautious; drive slowly at a safe speed on snowy or icy roads.
  • Slow down, stay alert, and don’t drive while distracted, like using your phone or changing the radio station. 
  • Leave enough room between your car and the car in front of you.
  • Keep a safe driving distance behind snow plows.
  • Brake early and correctly; never slam the brakes.
  • Steer in the direction of a skid for easier correction.
  • If you need to stop on the side of the road, make sure it is well-illuminated, far from traffic, and that you turn on hazard lights.
  • As a precautionary measure, always keep at least half a tank of gas so you can make it to the nearest gas station if needed and also avoid a gas line freeze.

Northern Utah’s Top Collision Repair Specialists

One of the best ways to stay safe during the winter is to ensure your vehicle is in good working order. Winterize your car by having it inspected and serviced at Anderson Auto Body & Paint. We have more than 30 years of experience providing collision repair services and more, and with our top-tier expertise, we’ll have your car ready to hit the road with confidence. 

Visit us today or contact us for a free consultation.