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As snow sweeps across Utah, here's what you need to know to stay safe on the roads

Posted at 2:29 PM, Dec 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-17 16:29:33-05

SALT LAKE CITY — If you've been in Utah for a few winters, you are already aware that when snow starts to fall, roads get icy very fast. However, it's always a good idea to refresh yourself on the basics of driving in harsh weather.

Utah Highway Patrol released a video on Twitter today where they discussed some of the basics regarding winter roads and staying safe.

First of all, increase your following distance between your car and the car ahead of you. Slamming on brakes or super sudden movements can be risky on a slick road. By giving yourself plenty of space, you'll have plenty of time to prepare for anything drivers ahead of you do.

Secondly, turn your windshield wipers and lights on. This may seem obvious, snowy windshields are tough to see out of. Lights help others drivers see you.

Next, make sure to slow down! You do not want to drive at or above the speed limit on crowded, slippery roads. Reduce your speed to keep you and others around you safe.

Wear a seatbelt and make sure any other passengers are also appropriately secured in car seats or with a seatbelt.

Lastly, make sure you have emergency essentials, an extra blanket, water and a snow/ice scraper prepared in your vehicle. If an emergency does happen, being prepared is key to staying safe.