While winter officially arrived in time for a white Christmas, it always seems to take some folks by surprise. Highway Patrol and Vernal City Police both report that agencies dealt with weather related accidents since the storm hit. On Christmas Eve, reports Vernal City Assistant Police Chief Keith Campbell, the accidents were “weather and hurry-scurry related.” Snow and winter weather conditions should spark drivers to adopt better driving habits, says Campbell. “Leave early, use seat belts and drive safely!” Further tips on safe winter travel are to make sure your tires are properly inflated, keep your gas tank at least half full, never use cruise control on any wet, slippery surface, and watch weather reports prior to long-distance travel. Delay trips when bad weather is expected.