The drivers of Washington State are blessed to live in such a beautiful state. Geographically our state has many varied weather patterns and driving conditions. Rain forest, rain shadow, desert, glacier and rugged mountain passes are all within a few hours driving distance. During winter, every driver should check the weather conditions, pass reports and be prepared in case of an emergency. Whether you are driving North-South on the I-5 or East-West on Highway 2 or Interstate-90, the Washington State Department of Transportation web-site can give you the most up-to-date road conditions.
Driver safety tips for winter driving in the Pacific Northwest:
- Give your car a once-over and check your fluids, motor oil and anti-freeze to make sure they are proper levels.
- Install a set of snow tires .
- Install new windshield wiper blades and if you’re going to be driving the snowy passes, it’s not a bad idea to carry an extra jug of windshield wiper fluid; Visibility is very important in the winter weather.
- Check driving conditions by using the Washington State Department of Transportation web-site and web cams before you begin your trip. As weather patterns can vary widely in a 24 hour period here, postpone your trip for a day if weather conditions are treacherous. http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/
- Adjust your speed for the snow and ice. If the speed limit is 65mph and it is snowing, do not over drive your headlights. Many accidents occur because people do not take into account snow and ice and the increased stopping distances these road conditions require.
- Practice using your anti lock breaks.
- Don’t drive tired. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 100,000 car accidents a year involve driver fatigue. If you are feeling drowsy, stop and take a short nap rather than blasting the radio or opening windows.
- Be prepared for the unexpected by carrying an emergency kit including:
- Candle and matches (provides heat and light)
- Road flares
- Bottled water
- Extra food and energy snacks
- First aid supplies
- Snow/ice scraper
- Bag of kitty litter (to give traction to spinning wheels)
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