Tips for driving safely in bad weather

Nov 7, 2022, 3:18 PM
Motorists drive through a heavy snow shower as it passes over Saltburn By The Sea as Storm Arwen sw...
Motorists drive through a heavy snow shower as it passes over Saltburn By The Sea as Storm Arwen sweeps across parts of the country on November 26, 2021 in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, England. The Met Office issued the highest level of warning as wind speeds between 80 and 90mph hit north east Scotland and north east England bringing snow. Police have advised people not to travel as Storm Arwen poses a danger to life. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY — As storms continue to move through the Beehive State, the Salt Lake City Police Department is reminding drivers how to stay safe out on the roads.

Det. Ben Nielson shared some tips in a video posted to SLCPD’s Twitter account on Monday:

  • Have a little extra stopping distance due to possible debris or hazards in the road
  • Treat intersections as a four-way stop if the lights are not working properly
  • Have a little patience with each other
  • Slow down
  • Call police if there are downed power lines or debris in the road
  • Be aware of officers
  • Make sure your headlights are working

“If we all just slow down, be safe, it will make it all better for everyone,” Nielson said.

The Duchesne Volunteer Fire Department also encouraged drivers to carry certain items in their car to handle common winter driving-related tasks, as well as emergency supplies. Those include:

  • A snow shovel, broom and ice scraper
  • Abrasive material (sand or kitty litter) in case your vehicle gets stuck in the snow
  • Jumper cables, flashlight and warning devices (flares and emergency markers)
  • Blankets for protection from the cold
  • A cell phone and charger, water, food, and any necessary medicine
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Tips for driving safely in bad weather