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Published: Sunday, Feb. 10 2013 4:58 p.m. MST

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worf
Mcallen, TX

I trave to Utah a few times a year.

At times, I've noticed how a police vehicle would constantly weave back and forth, from the right to left lanes to slow traffic. I almost got hit.

Is this common practice in Utah, and a reason for troopers being struck? ?

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

@worf

These cops are getting hit while parked alongside the road. I don't think you can blame the cops' driving, as much as you seem to want to blame someone other than the persons at fault.

My2Cents
Taylorsville, UT

Police should try communicating with exterior speakers to communicate with stopped drivers. This move over advice a very risky as people try to comply at the last minuet on an already stressed driver. Most of the time when vehicles go out of control is when they make sudden changes in direction or momentum.

Slow down yes but not to the level that your tires become snow plows trying to move snow ahead of the wheels instead of rolling over it, maintain momentum to keep your vehicle in motion, a rolling tire keeps treads clean.

Plan ahead driving is very crucial, use signals without abrupt speed, steering, acceleration, or braking. Anti skid braking (anti lock), inertial nav (INS), does not work below 5 mph, technology is not perfect.

When stopping a vehicle learn to put a transmission in neutral in the last 10 or 15 feet of a stop to allow lighter brake force. Transmissions are built to hold constant tension on drive wheels at stops to prevent roll back, most people forget this in snow driving. You have 2 traction forces (4 variable braking tires, 1 eng/transmission) trying to counteract each other when trying to stop.

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