How To Drive In The Snow

Driving in the snow can be a challenge, even for the experienced driver. However, if you’re new to Utah, or driving in snow, the idea can be a little intimidating. This winter season, help make your commute and other driving times less stressful with these tips. driving-38346_640

In snow, drive slowly. The fact of the matter is snow slows everything down and takes a little longer. Accelerating, stopping, and turning all happen as quickly as on dry pavement. By giving yourself extra time you not only reduce your stress level and give yourself time to get where you’re going.

Before the snow starts flying, take a moment to have your brakes checked and make sure you understand your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, the best way to stop while driving in snow is threshold braking. To do this, keep your heel on the floor and, using the ball of your foot, apply firm pressure to the brake pedal. If you hit ice or a slick spot, pump your brakes.

When driving, accelerate and decelerate slowly. If you accelerate slowly, you give your tires a chance to gain traction and avoid skidding. Take time to slow down too. Since you never know what you’re going hit (ice is nearly impossible to see).

Don’t power up hills. If you apply extra gas while going up a snow-covered hill, all you’ll do is get your wheels spinning. Instead, try to get a little inertia going before going up a hill and let it carry you to the top. When you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and allow your car to proceed down the hill as slowly as possible.

This year, stay safe by being aware your surrounding and knowing these little tips for driving in the snow. Did we miss something? Share your snow driving tips and tricks with us below or on Facebook.

How Safe Is Your Home?

Keep your home safe this summer by taking care of and paying attention to the simply things that sometimes go unnoticed. As you take stock of your home and the various home safety areas, start with common sense. Is there a piece of furniture that blocks the path? Could an area of your home use a little more lighting so people don’t trip? Are there cords that someone could easily trip over?DeathtoStock_Wired5

For rooms that have a higher chance of accidents, bathrooms and the kitchen, some things you may want to do is buy a shower or bathtub seat. Not only are these great for seniors, but can be a helpful tool when bathing children. Install bathtub rails to help get in and out of the bath without fear of slipping. With the kitchen, why not invest in a space-saving, collapsible step stool to help you reach the high cabinets with less risk to you.

Increase your curb appeal, and the safety of your home, by adding a tasteful outdoor wall light. Not only will it look beautiful, but will give you some extra security. Illuminate pathways with some glare-free lights for some additional ambiance and to keep people from stumbling around in the dark. Also consider putting out a non-slip doormat to make entry way safer and keep your backyard and patio area safe by installing flat thresholds on patios doors to reduce the risk of tripping.

What are somethings you’ve done around your home to make it safer?