Avoiding car accidents in snowy conditions

Clark County reported between 10-15 accidents yesterday during snowy conditions. Many drivers slid off the road and were waiting for tow trucks. Accidents occurred on Highway 14 at Cape Horn, another on Interstate 205 and another on state Highway 502. This was all reported in the Columbian.com, the news service serving Clark County.

Why so many accidents? Aren’t people in Washington State and the Pacific Northwest used to driving in the snow?

More accidents occur in snowy conditions because people do not adjust their driving to suit the conditions. Here are some tips to avoid an a car accident:

Tips for Winter Driving

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  • Decrease your speed
  • Allow lots of stopping distance — three times the normal distance between you and the car in front of you
  • Insure your tires are of good condition and have a decent amount of tread
  • Use traction tires and chains when recommended
  • Keep your headlights turned on to increase your visibility
  • Use low gears on hills
  • Never use cruise control
  • Use extra caution on bridges and overpasses because they tend to become icy and freeze first
  • Watch for black ice in shady areas
  • Never pass snow plows and other heavy equipment doing work on the road
  • Avoid driving in blizards and white-out conditions

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