Winter Driving in Utah

Winter driving in Utah presents unique challenges for both seasoned drivers and newcomers. With its unpredictable weather, icy roads, and steep terrain, drivers must develop strong road skills that can help them navigate safely through the winter season. In this guide, Wright Driving School will offer essential road skills necessary to conquer winter driving in Utah.

Understanding Utah's Weather

Utah's winter weather can range from heavy snowfall to freezing rain and sudden temperature drops. Familiarize yourself with local weather forecasts, road condition reports, and any advisories before hitting the road. Being aware of these conditions will help you make informed decisions before driving.

Preparing Your Vehicle

Ensure that your vehicle is winter-ready by checking the following:

  • Tires: Make sure your tires have proper tread depth and are suitable for winter conditions. Consider installing snow tires for improved traction.
  • Fluids: Check and top up your antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, and oil regularly. Use winter-grade fluids where appropriate.
  •  Battery: Cold temperatures can drain your battery quickly. Test its strength and consider replacing it if necessary.
  • Wipers and Defrosters: Inspect and replace worn-out wiper blades and ensure your defrosters are in good working condition.

Adjusting Your Driving Techniques

When it comes to winter driving, it's essential to adjust your driving techniques for safety. One key adjustment is to reduce speed and drive slower than usual, especially on icy or snow-covered roads. This allows for better control of your vehicle. Additionally, it's important to increase the following distance between your vehicle and the one ahead. Leaving a larger gap gives you more time to react and allows for safer stopping. 

Staying Prepared on the Road

Always carry an emergency kit in your vehicle, containing essential items such as:

  • Blankets, warm clothing, and extra gloves
  • Ice scraper and brush
  • Flashlight with spare batteries
  • Non-perishable snacks and water
  • First aid kit
  • Roadside assistance contact information


Mastering winter driving in Utah requires a combination of road skills, vehicle maintenance, and preparedness. By understanding the local weather patterns, adequately preparing your vehicle, adjusting your driving techniques, and staying prepared on the road, you can navigate safely through Utah's winter season. Stay vigilant, follow these essential road skills, and enjoy a safer winter driving experience in Utah. Get in touch today to learn more! 

About Wright Driving School

For over 10 years, Wright Driving School has been Utah’s leader in preparing drivers to successfully pass the DLD Test and obtain their license to drive. We primarily offer driver’s education courses online, in-class and on the road. Wright Driving School offers the driving instruction required of the state of Utah.

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Business Address: 257 E 200 S, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

© 2023 Wright Driving School / All Rights Reserved

About Wright Driving School

For over 10 years, Wright Driving School has been Utah’s leader in preparing drivers to successfully pass the DLD Test and obtain their license to drive. We primarily offer driver’s education courses online, in-class and on the road. Wright Driving School offers the driving instruction required of the state of Utah.

Text us at 240-624-2726

Customer Service Hours:

Follow us on social media!


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Business Address: 257 E 200 S, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

© 2023 Wright Driving School / All Rights Reserved