Winter in Utah has its pros and cons. It produces the greatest snow on earth, winter storms keep the inversion from building up and you can’t beat a cup of cocoa on a snowy winter day. But it also brings lots of snow, icy roads, frigid temperatures, and generally makes getting around more difficult. Here are some basic snow etiquette ideas to help you get through the snowy months a little easier.
When you come out in the morning and see a fresh layer of newly fallen snow covering your car, your first thought probably isn’t, “wow, that’s pretty.” The idea of not only defrosting windows, but also removing a foot of snow off your car is not ideal, especially in a rush. But take the extra 30 seconds and remove the snow from your roof, trunk and hood. It makes it less likely that you will have ice when the snow starts to melt and then refreezes and it’s safer when you’re on the road. There is nothing scarier than driving on slick roads and having a giant snow ball smack into your window from the car in front of you that just cut you off and didn’t bother to scrape the snow off.
Even with a snow blower, getting snow off your driveway and sidewalk is a time consuming pain in the neck. But its not only a good idea to get it off the concrete to avoid the possibility of a skating rink, it’s also helpful for people who use your driveway and sidewalks. Children walking to school, walkers and joggers trying to avoid the slushy and icy roads and delivery drivers will definitely appreciate the time you took to get the snow off.
If you park your car on the street and you know there’s going to be a big storm, park it off the street during the storm so the snow plows can get around it. Not only is it dangerous for the snow plow operators, but it could also mean damage to your car and the possibility of your car being stuck in the piled up snow. If you don’t have room in your driveway, ask a neighbor to borrow theirs.
There are so many ways to enjoy the snow this winter. As with most things in life, if you follow the golden rule (do unto others as you would have them do unto you), you might just find that maybe winter isn’t so bad when we’re all helping each other out.