urged to be cautious during winter, especially in canyons
By Amanda Mears
December 13, 2007 | With the winter snowstorms coming
and accidents on the rise, Cache County sheriff's chief
deputy Dave Bennett said drivers need to slow down in
order to avoid sliding off the road and hitting other
"People get used to driving in summer weather," Bennett
said. "It takes people a couple months to get used to
driving in snowstorms."
Bennett said that because of this, he definitely sees
a lot more accidents in the early months of winter.
Although Bennett said most accidents are minor, they
can still be dangerous and inconvenient.
"There are a lot of accidents in the canyon," Bennett
said, "because trees shade the road and it becomes icy."
Sometimes canyon accidents can even cause the whole
road to shut down, causing major traffic delays for
people trying to travel in and out of Logan, said Bennett
"About once or twice a year we get a really bad snow
storm and the plows just can't keep up," Bennett said.
"Then it has to be shut down."
Salt Lake City resident Billy Wheeler, 21, said he
drives up to Logan about once a week and has noticed
during snow storms the canyon becomes much harder to
"I hate having to drive through the canyon, it's the
worst part," Wheeler said. "I just try to slow down
and pay attention to the cars around me."
Along with being attentive to other cars on the road,
Bennett said drivers need to try and work with the weather
instead of against it.
"The weather is unpredictable," Bennett said, "so
before you go somewhere just look out the window and
if it's snowing, leave early so speeds can slow down."
Bennett recommends going five to ten miles under the
speed limit when it is snowing or icy and warns against
following other drivers too closely. By doing this,
Bennett says drivers can reduce the risk of serious
injury even if an accident does happen.
For some Logan residents, simply staying off the roads
as much as possible during winter months is the best
"When it snows hard in Logan, it's a mess," said Deven
Boyer, a junior majoring in business at USU. "It seems
to take them a really long time to plow the roads and
main street is always horrible. I try and avoid it at
For those who can't stay inside during the busy holiday
season, Bennett has some words of advice.
"The main thing is people have got to learn to slow
down when they are driving in snow," Bennett said. "Most
accidents are not really accidents because they can
be prevented, just back off a little."