The Ten Commandments of Wyoming Winter Driving
As densely populated as we are in the Cowboy State, one would assume everyone would have the basics skills to navigate vehicles properly during our elongated winter months. Well... you know what they say about assumptions.
Considering that driving is a privilege, it should not be taken lightly. With that in mind, we borrowed a page (pardon the pun) from one of the world's best selling books to come up with the these ten commandments of Wyoming winter driving.
Thou Shalt Not Drive A Rear-Wheel Drive Sports Car After August
Between the ice, snow and mountains, this should be a no-brainer. All your going to do in your little Bumblebee Camaro (other than annoy the people behind you) is get stuck five times before you get out of the driveway.
Thou Shalt Not Drive Your Vehicle Without Clearing Off All The Snow
This is just a common courtesy. Yes, we know... in some cases you can't reach the top of your truck, but either lower it or figure out another way to clean off the snow. There is nothing more annoying than driving behind someone and getting blinded by their laziness.
Thou Shalt Not Tailgate
Although technically you should never tailgate anyway, during inclement weather conditions, this should be another no-brainer. You should always give yourself enough room to respond in case of an emergency.
Remember To Always Use Turning Signals
In the Hebrew Bible, the fourth commandment is the only one that begins with the word remember. With that in mind, we figured it was only right to remind drivers to use their signals. The people behind you need to know your intentions, even more so doing bad weather.
Thou Shalt Not Text & Drive
Yet another obvious rule, that although you should never be doing this anyway, especially not when the road conditions are at their worst. No text, tweet or Facebook notification is worth your life (or anyone else's).
Thou Shalt Always Give Yourself Extra Time To Reach Destinations Safely
This is just a good habit to get into. Depending on the severity of the weather, giving yourself an addition 10 to 20 minutes to get to your destination should be paramount.
Thou Shalt Not Cut Off Winter Service Vehicles
These vehicles clear the roads of snow and/or salt the iced areas so we can traverse more safely, but they are often slower moving. Keep in mind that they can't adjust as quickly, so driving too closely or not giving them a wide berth can be hazardous.
Thou Shalt Always "Completely" Clean Off Windows
As far as commandments go, this one is an actual Wyoming law! It is illegal to have any obstructions on your windshield, side and rear windows. This includes ice and snow.
Thou Shalt Never Drive A "Hooptie" In Adverse Weather
We know not everyone can't afford the latest and greatest in motor vehicles, but we can all agree, some of the pieces of garbage on the road, should not be! Public transportation is always an option (plus we have Uber and Lyft in Wyoming now). Trust us, even the bus is a better alternative to being broken down somewhere freezing in the cold.
Thou Shalt Make Sure Thine Vehicle Has A Winter Emergency Kit
We realize things can happen beyond your control, so the best thing you can do is to be prepared. Make sure you have a spare cell phone battery or car charger, a blanket, a flair, a spare tire, water, etc.
There are plenty of places in the Cowboy State to get one at a decent price. We highly suggest you do so.