Let it Snow!

For anyone that commuted through the Salt Lake valley this morning, I’m sure we can agree on one thing: the snow fell and everyone temporarily lost their minds. (Bet some of you wish you had heeded my words ofadvice a couple of weeks back regarding winter prep now, eh?) People were slidingoff roads and skidding into opposing objects all over the place or gettingstuck behind that one car whose owner failed to remove any of the snow prior toputting it in drive. Fun stuff.

The thing to remember as the days are ticking down to Christmas, the day when all of our shopping prowess finally gets recognition (well, at least Santa gets credit anyway), is that we are all in a mad dash to pick up those last-minute gifts. We are all braving the elements to attend festive parties. We are all busy, with places to be and are on these icy roads together, so why not let some of that Christmas spirit affect the way we drive?

Be courteous, use your turn signals, slow down, give plenty of spacing between you and the car ahead of you and if it isn’t sunny, turn your lights on! Just because you can see, doesn’t mean other people can see you! Flurries and flat light, met with camouflaged salt-covered vehicles? Recipe for disaster! Vehicles with their lights on are much more visible and the best part is that they really are easy to turn on! A lot easier than dealing with an accident.

Another thing to remember is that even if you have snow tires, AWD or 4WD, that does not mean you will stop faster! Additional traction is always our friend, no one is disputing this, but any and all traction is lost by sudden changes in speed, like slamming on your brakes or “punching it”. Ever lost traction in a snowstorm, taking that corner a little too fast or tapping your brakes a little too vigorously? You then corrected this by letting off the gas or brakes. Like magic, the vehicle regains traction and you aresuddenly back in control of your vehicle! Well, it isn’t magic…it’s scienceactually. Slow down and just pretend your favorite person is 2 weeks old and sittingin the back seat. That should help you keep your lead foot under control and avoidcollisions and other likewise unfavorable and unbecoming scenarios, like roadrage.

Be safe out there! JP’s Collision Center urges you to buckle up and practice safe and courteous driving this Christmas and New Year’s season. Let people merge, always have a travel plan and never drink and drive! (Uber is seriously the easiest APP ever to use.) Let’s come together in the name of kindness and safety to ensure everyone gets home for Christmas this year!

PSA

There’s something about this time of year, something magical that happens. I’m not talking about getting exactly what you wanted from Santa either. Something’s in the air and it is kind, thoughtful, giving, caring and compassionate. It compels us to reach out to those in need and comfort them. It talks us into taking back that stray shopping cart, left in the middle of the lot, the one we didn’t leave there. We give spare change to the guy on the corner with his cardboard sign more freely and we are less apt to judge how he got there. We shovel our neighbor’s driveways and everybody’s helping everybody. Yes, there’s something about the holidays that brings the best out in us.

 

Maybe it’s the lights or the Christmas trees or the secret Santa gifts (probably NOT the fruitcake), but everyone seems to be getting along and for an entire month and everyone suddenly remembers how to use their turn signals. It truly is a wondrous thing to behold, this everyone going out of their way to be kind to one another thing! But with it comes the question of why we aren’t like this all year round? We’ve all seen it. Come January, the gyms will be packed with new year’s resolutionists and the world goes back to the way it was before the season made us think about others. We go back to the grind and our old, less thoughtful selves. Why?

 

We challenge you to continue your random acts of kindness and pay it forward attitude, even after the Christmas tree comes down. Make it a point to do one selfless or kind act each day. Maybe don’t just walk by that shopping cart on January 1st. Check in on an elderly neighbor. Call yo

 

ur out of state family. Bake cookies and brownies and give them anonymously to a family that could use the cheer. Donate clothing or your time to a shelter. Bring in your neighbor’s garbage cans. It doesn’t have to anything earth-shattering, just a gesture from the heart.

 

The spirit of the holidays should reside within us all year long, not just a few weeks. Who knows? It might even stick and become something you do regularly without even having to think about it. It’ll just be a part of you. Wouldn’t it be some awesome place if everybody did this? JP’s Collision Center would like to wish you and yours a wonderful and safe holiday season. Pay it forward and focus on the true meaning behind this time of year!

 

If you would like to donate to our clothing drive, we are still accepting items over the next week. Just bring it down to the shop and we will collect and distribute those items the week of Christmas.