Driving safety in freezing weather

icy-conditions-2-929305-m.jpghere have been spate of car accidents in Western Washington due to icy road conditions over the weekend. While the weather has been clear the cold temperatures have left roads a bit treacherous. In Tacoma this morning, there was a multiple-car accident on SR 16 this morning after one spun out on the ice.

To avoid a car accident, drivers must adjust their driving to the road conditions. Failure to do so can result in a serious injury accident and result in you being cited for negligent driving.

Safety tips for driving on snowy and icy roads
When roads are icy or snowy, you should avoid driving if at all possible. If you do have to drive, try to avoid driving until snow plows have cleared the roads. Make sure your vehicle is properly equipped with traction tires and/or chains.

It is advisable to practice winter driving in a parking lot so that you know how to handle your vehicle on ice or snow. Teenage drivers and new drivers should practice before soloing on icy or snowy roads.

  1. Slow down and leave lots of stopping room. When roads are icy or snowy it may take you longer to stop. Leave more space between you and the car in front of you than you are accustomed to.
  2. Apply brakes gently.
  3. Use your headlights to increase visibility and so other drivers can see you.
  4. Keep your windshield clean.
  5. Clear snow off the roof of your car.
  6. Do not use cruise control.
  7. Be especially cautions on overpasses and bridges as these types of roads freeze first.
  8. Do not pass snow plows
  9. Don’t be overconfident in an SUV or all-wheel vehicle.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those who have been killed.

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