Washington State Department of Transportation is asking drivers to protect themselves and passengers when in winter conditions.
WSDOT's advice: "Know before you go." You can read up on the latest conditions for weather and traffic with one of the links below. Keep scrolling down for WSDOT's winter driving tips.
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Here are WSDOT's tips:·
- Allow extra time to reach your destination during inclement weather.
- Drive for conditions – slower speeds, slower acceleration.
- Do not use cruise control.
- Four-wheel and all-wheel vehicles do not stop or steer better on ice.
- Leave extra room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. And remember, the larger the vehicle, the longer the stopping distance.
- Slow down when approaching intersections, offramps, bridges, or shady spots.
- If you find yourself behind a snowplow, slow down and give the plow a little extra room.
- Slow down and be extra cautious near the chain-up and removal areas. There are often people out of their vehicles.
- Check to see if you have traction tires.
- Know what the traction advisories mean.
- Watch a video to learn how to install tire chains.
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