Monthly Archives: November 2013

Utah Holiday Family Travel Tips

Utah families enjoy spending time together during the holidays. Often their plans include trips to visit extended family or fun destinations. Flying can be unfamiliar to young children, adding to the stress. Follow the acronym T.R.I.P.  to help your family have an enjoyable Holiday vacation

Travel Bag- Pack favorite, soft item from home, snacks, empty water bottle (to fill up after security) and a new toy, book or game.

Rules- Know your airline’s rules and any special accommodations for young children. Go over safety rules with your children.

Identification- Put your contact information on your children using dog tag type necklaces or stickers.  Take pictures of them on day of travel so you can remember what they are wearing in case you get separated.

Patience- Pack your sense of humor, you are creating memories!

Express Shuttle is a family business, locally owned and operated. We have been helping Utah Families on their Holiday Vacations since 1991.

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Tips for Driving in the Snow in Utah

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Waking up to a dreamlike Wonderland can quickly become a nightmare when faced with hazardous road conditions.

Utah has the greatest snow on earth….for skiing, not driving. Express Shuttle Drivers are professionals. They are familiar with the roads and driving conditions. Our Sienna Vans and Suburbans are equipped with 4×4 or all-wheel drive. Leave your car in the garage and us get you to your destination safely.

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Here are some driving tips if you must face the snow covered roads.

  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
  • Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.
  • The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
  • Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, the best way to stop is threshold breaking. Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
  • Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed down hill as slowly as possible.
  • Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.
  • Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors.
  • Find more info at AAA Exchange website http://exchange.aaa.com/safety/roadway-safety/winter-driving-tips/