Keep the Roads Safe During the Winter Months

Keep the Roads Safe During the Winter Months
Posted on 01/31/2018

By Chief Robby Russo

This year we’ve had a mild start to winter. You’ll recall that last year we experienced snow packs and ice-covered roads at Thanksgiving. Yet in reviewing the statistics, our accident rates have done the unexpected — they’ve doubled. I’m at a loss to understand why this is occurring except to wonder if drivers are more conservative in the nasty weather and not as aware of icy conditions when there isn’t snow on the ground. One must wonder how much the poor visibility; road construction and higher traffic volumes contribute.

Here are some winter driving tips: 

-Never use your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather. Your car will go into a spin.

-Do not use cruise control in wintery conditions.

-Accelerate and decelerate slowly and follow at a distance of eight to 10 seconds.

-Keep your gas tank at least half full and a warm blanket in the trunk.

-Properly inflate your spare tire. There’s nothing worse than opening the trunk to find a flat spare.

-Keep jumper cables or the new mini-jump kits that are the size of a tissue box so that you can jump your own car and power your phone.

Cottonwood Heights officers will be citing motorists who haven’t cleared the ice from their windshield and are navigating from a 4-inch porthole so please carry an ice scraper and snow brush.

If you are involved in an accident, dial 911 and remember the safest place for you to be (when possible) is seat-belted inside your car until first responders arrive.