winter driving

Winter Driving Conditions Can Be Dangerous

‘Tis the season for many to head over the river and through the woods. And that may require traversing a mountain pass or two as well. With winter weather coming in force, remember to check the mountain pass reports before you hit the road. https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/passes/

The Washington State Department of Transportation is also reminding drivers to protect yourself and your passengers by allowing extra time to reach your destination during inclement weather. It takes only one unprepared or careless driver to slow the trip down or bring it to a complete stop.

Prepare for Winter Driving

Any number of things could go wrong when driving during the winter months. Icy roads, standing water on roadways, mudslides, sleet and snow, and even avalanches through mountain passes can make leaving the house a real damper. Winter brings a host of driving issues that aren’t typically seen any other time of year. This can create a problem in and of itself by challenging even the most attentive drivers.  Throw in a few obstacles like road construction, road closures, and poor mountain pass conditions, and you may have a trip that normally takes a few short hours turning into an all-day event!

Whether looking for ways to navigate through the cities or across the state, WSDOT’s statewide live traffic cameras can keep you informed in real-time ahead of conditions in specific locations. Nothing beats having this information available on your smart phone or bluetooth-accessible on screens in your car. Make sure you have the app downloaded before you go to save time while traveling. Check out: https://www.tripsavvy.com/road-conditions-in-washington-state-1609240  for access to quick reviews of traffic conditions and how it can  impact your holiday travel plans.

You can find more information for your safety checklist on for your trip through Oregon and Idaho here: https://hb.511.idaho.gov/;   or     https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/or.htm

Preparation is KEY to Car Accident Prevention During Winter

Don’t let the weather catch you unaware!  A drop in temperatures can turn a familiar rain shower into dangerous sleet and ice. Driving into higher elevations or near mountain passes can mean snow or slush on the roads for miles.  Here are a few tips for a visit from Old Man Winter to help you prevent a car accident.

Prepare Your Vehicle With These 6 Tips

  1. Snow or studded tires are legal on all passenger vehicles. In Washington, they are only legal between November 1 and March 31. Learn more about WSDOT’s Studded Tire Information.
  2. Make sure that your tires pressure is filled to the specifications noted in the owner’s manual.
  3. Consider using a wiper fluid that is rated for lower temperatures and keep it topped off during the winter.
  4. Make sure that you have good windshield wipers. Sand and road debris will dull them and make driving difficult if they aren’t clearing the rain or snow from the driver’s line of vision.
  5. Consider adding sandbags to the trunk of your car for added weight and traction.
  6. Make a Winter Driving Survival Kit for the trunk of your car—include an ice scraper, a small snow shovel, sand or salt.
  7. Remove any snow or ice on your vehicle before driving. Snow on top of cars will melt and could possibly fall into the driver’s line of vision, making the wipers unusable.

Our Car Accident Lawyers Are Here to Help

Holiday travels are in the plans, even when the weather is a cold blur. With a little preparation and information ahead of time, you can still get where you need to go. Share these tips and checklists with others, to ensure a calm and safe journey for everyone.

If you or someone you know has been injured or hurt in a winter driving accident, contact Fielding Law Group today, for a free legal consultation. When it can be shown that another motorist acted negligently, violated a traffic law, or failed in any way to drive safely, we can help you recover and receive the compensation you deserve. Remember–Don’t let an accident wreck YOU!

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