Snow Removal Tips

Your Salt Lake City Snow Fighter Team would like to offer these tips to make winter in Salt Lake City a little easier on all of us.  Please help make snow removal more cost effective and safer by observing the following suggestions:

Parking

  • If possible, park vehicles off the streets during a storm and for up to 36 hours after a storm.
  • You must move your vehicle every 48 hours from where it is parked. See ordinance 12.56.520 (Using Streets for Storage Prohibited).
  • If you must park on the street, try to coordinate with your neighbors and alternately park on the same side of the street.  Also, do not park directly opposite another vehicle on the other side of the street, to avoid a "bottle neck".
  • Park as close to the curb as possible.

Driving

  • Please do not pull out in front of, or attempt to pass a snow plow.
  • Never tailgate a snowplow truck.  Stay at least 200 feet away from plows at all times.  If you can't see the mirrors on the truck, they can't see you.
  • Be alert and drive with caution.  Remember that winter storms create slick road conditions.  Maintain safe distances between vehicles and decrease your normal driving speeds to allow for additional time to stop.  If possible put snow tires on your vehicle.
  • Beware of snowplow trucks backing up.  Be sure to give them plenty of room.

Other Tips

  • When snow is in the forecast, plan your trips to the grocery store, bank etc.  before it snows.  The less traffic we have to deal with, the faster we can work.
  • Don't allow children to play on or near the street when snow plowing/ice control is in progress.
  • Beware when walking or cycling, as the snow coming off the snowplow can be dangerous.
  • Residents who remove snow from their driveways or sidewalks are reminded that municipal ordinances prohibit placing snow or ice on any public street.  For more information on sidewalk snow removal click here.
  • Help your neighbors with snow removal. People who are elderly or people with disabilities may need assistance with meeting their obligation as property owners to remove snow from adjacent sidewalks.  For more information on helping neighbors with sidewalk snow removal click here.