As October begins to come to a close, winter weather is just around the corner. Utah’s snowy and icy roads can be dangerous to navigate if you are not prepared and cautious.
By understanding and following a few tips you can help to make Utah’s winter roads a safer place to drive.
Snowplows are one of the best things to happen to snowy roads. They make it possible for drivers to get where they need to go, even if the weather is bad, but they can also be dangerous for drivers. They drive slowly and in blustering snow can be difficult to see, especially if you are traveling at high speeds (slow down to 1/2 of posted speed limit!). Some plows also have “wing” plows, which stretch out wider than the actual plow. Drivers need to look out for these if they attempt to pass or drive next to a plow.
The snow that is displaced by the plow is called a cloud. This cloud is dangerous to drive through and the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) specifically recommends to “never pass a snowplow on the right…keep back at least 200 feet.”
UDOT snowplows usually spread salt or other coarse materials on the road and driving too close to them could damage your car’s paint or break the windshield.
Winterizing your car can also prevent risks of winter-related accidents. UDOT suggests that when having your vehicle checked you pay special attention to “good tires, wiper blades, windshield washer fluid and working lights.”
The Utah Department of Transportation provides 24-hour road condition information that can be accessed via phone by dialing 511 (for Utah based phones) or online.
The attorneys at the Christensen Law Firm encourage you to take the necessary safety precautions when driving in winter weather. If you or a loved one is injured in an accident as a result of another’s negligence during dangerous road conditions, we can help. Call us today at 801-506-0800 to find out what options are available to you.