A large snowstorm is currently hitting Wyoming - and that means driving conditions are going to be risky. Don't add to the hazard by driving like a jerk. Here are some useful tips to help you, and everyone else sharing the road, get to their destination safely.

 

  • Don't Ride My Butt (No Tailgating)

    Winter driving conditions can sometimes require sudden stopping. If you are driving 2 feet behind me and I need to stop, you will probably hit me and it will be all your fault. Give yourself plenty of space. 2-3 car lengths is recommended.

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  • 4 Wheel Drive Does NOT Mean 4 Wheel STOP

    Driving a 4-wheel-drive vehicle in Wyoming makes sense, especially in the winter. Just because your truck or SUV can drive on streets made of ice, doesn't mean it can stop. Be aware of what is underneath your tires and drive a speed that is appropriate. I realize that we all have a different idea of what is reasonable.

    Example: The street is solid ice with 2 inches of powder on top, the posted speed limit is 30 MPH, and you are driving 40 MPH. You are a jerk. Slow down. There is no reason to plow through the holiday yard decorations on the corner lot because you have "4-wheel-drive" and are in a hurry.

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  • Brake Early & Gently

    This should be a no-brainer, but every single snow storm in Casper results in multiple accidents from folk who slam on their brakes when approaching a red light or stop sign. Slow down earlier than you normally would. If you don't, you may injure yourself or others. Plus you will block the intersection for while causing everyone else on the road to have to go through some jam packed detour route.  Don't be a jerk and pay attention.

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  • Get A Ride If Your Car Sucks In The Snow

    I get it. We can't all afford a 4x4 vehicle and we all have jobs and places to be - but be honest about your vehicle. If you drive a lightweight 1987 Honda hatchback with bald tires, maybe you shouldn't be driving in 3 feet of snow. You will end up being that vehicle at the intersection that spins their tires (without going anywhere) through the entire green light. The cars will build up behind you before you finally give in and decide to go in reverse. Also your chances of getting stuck are pretty good, and you will be asking for a ride anyways, so try to plan ahead.

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