Residents of Utah know that when the leaves fall off the trees and the sun sets a few hours early that the season of winter driving cannot be far away. Winter weather produces unique driving hazards that no motorist should overlook before hitting the road. Fortunately, there are changes motorists can make to their driving behaviors that can help them and other road users stay safe this winter.
Winter driving conditions cause hundreds of thousands of accidents
According to the Utah Department of Transportation, every year in the United States, 400,000 accidents on average occur that are attributable to winter weather driving conditions. These accidents cause an average of 1,300 deaths each year. These numbers are far too high and many accidents and fatalities could be prevented with safer winter driving behavior.
Winter weather hazards include icy roads, snow-covered roads and highways, icy bridges, black ice and decreased visibility due to high snowdrifts or poor wiper blades.