Vintage Whites 2018 + 5 Tips for Driving in a Snowstorm

March 01 2018 – Jennifer Booth

the Vintage Whites Market

OMG kids.

The Vintage Whites Market 2018 is this weekend! (Please excuse me while I do my happy dance)

The Vintage Whites Market is hands down my favorite spring event here in northern Utah. It marks the beginning of spring, the vendors are always amazing, the food is fabulous, and it all just keeps getting better and bigger every year. I've been lucky enough to chat with the gals who run the market every year, and they are just the right combination of sweet and smart - they started the Vintage Whites Market in their garage, and it has turned into a huge multi-state, multi-weekend series of events every year. This year's Salt Lake City market will span four different buildings. FOUR BUILDINGS. The first market had just one!

The Salt Lake City Vintage Whites Market is officially on Saturday, March 3rd, from 10am to 5pm, but you can also snag an early shopping pass that gives you Friday night access to shop all of the vendors before the crowds hit on Saturday. This is totally worth the $22 - not only because it means shopping in a more intimate setting, with fewer people pushing around you (they limit the number of early shopping passes), but early shoppers also get extra goodies - including exclusive M&K Design Studio prints!

Early shopping night is TOMORROW, but they do still have passes available (lucky for you, because they normally sell out). Pop on over to their website or to the Facebook event page for all of the details + to buy your tickets. You can buy them at the door, but trust me when I say it's easier to buy them ahead of time!

And yes... it is supposed to be stormy this weekend. Right now it looks like a mix of rain and snow on both Friday and Saturday, but obviously that could change, as Utah weather is prone to do. As intimidating as driving in the snow can sound, it's really not that hard - you just need to remember a few basic dos and don'ts.

5 Dos and Don'ts for Driving in the Snow

1. DO drive slowly
I’d like to think that this one falls under the DUH category, but I’ve seen plenty of cars fly off the road recently just because they were driving too fast. If it’s snowing – even if the road looks clear – slow your ass down. There are a lot of hills and mountain passes up here, and you never know when you’re going to zip over the top to find the other side packed with snow. The lower your speed, the less likely you are to slide – and if you do slide, it’s much easier to maintain control if you’re going 45mph or less (depending on conditions). More speed also equates to more damage to your vehicle and its occupants in an accident.

2. DON’T slam on your brakes
When you hit a slushy patch or start to slide, your first instinct is probably going to be to slam on your brakes – but as soon as those tires stop spinning, you lose control of the vehicle.

If your car is equipped with an anti-lock breaking system, you can step on the brake as you normally would (NOT slam, step. Slowly.). The ABS is supposed to prevent your wheels from locking up (which would cause a skid); most newer cars come standard with such a system, but check your car's owner manual to be certain. If you drive an older vehicle that doesn't have ABS, you should pump your brakes (tap, release, tap, release, tap, etc.).

If you drive a stick shift or have a manual mode option, try downshifting to reduce your speed instead of braking. It's the perfect alternative for slowing down when you're not in imminent danger (i.e. flying toward a light post or another vehicle - these would be situations for braking).

3. DO pay attention!
You can have the best, most well equipped vehicle with the best, newest snow tires in the whole entire world, and still end up on the side of the road. There’s just no substitute for an alert, focused driver with two hands on the wheel – so turn the phone off, turn your butt warmer on, slow down and pay attention to the road. Pay attention to where other cars are in relation to yours so that you are aware of a safe escape route if you need one. Driving in a blizzard can be utterly petrifying, and it's easy to panic when your car starts to slide towards a cliff, but you're much more likely to make a wise decision about what to do if you've been paying attention and are aware of your surroundings.

4. DON’T make any sudden movements
Just like hiding from a T-Rex in Jurassic Park, don’t make any sudden movements when driving on snow-packed roads. Jerking the wheel, turning sharply or braking too quickly can start a slide that you may or may not be able to get out of. Unfortunately, driving in a stick-straight line isn’t always an option, but if you drive slowly and make gradual turns, you’re less likely to end up hood-first in the snow.

5. DO maintain control of yourself
The most common "tip" you'll hear is that you should "steer into the skid". Not only does that lack sense, it's not very accurate either. The key to maintaining control of a vehicle in a skid is to maintain control of yourself. We tend to steer in whatever direction we're looking, so lock your eyes on your target (not where the skid is taking you, but where you want to go) and do your best to point the car in that direction - and while it sounds counterintuitive, you should definitely not brake; in fact, you should tap the gas just a bit. The extra power will help the car overcome the skid and get back on track. The worst thing you can do is panic, overcorrect and brake - this will throw you right off the road. 

If the idea of driving in a blizzard scares the daylights out of you (as it does me), or if you find yourself on a wintry road and on the verge of blind panic, try taking a few deep breaths. My winter driving mantra is "stay calm, go slow, no sudden movements", and so far I've managed to survive thirteen Utah winters as a driver by repeating it to myself any time I feel the anxiety start to kick in (#knockonwood). It's terrifying, sure, but it's also doable. That said, if it's really bad out, stay home or call a cab. 

It's better to drive slowly and take the extra time than to risk an accident that could affect your life and the lives of others.

Got any other tips for driving in the snow or stormy conditions? Share your best ones in the comments below, and don't forget to click on over to The Vintage Whites Market website to snag your tickets for this weekend!

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