Tips for driving in winter conditions: 'Know before you go'

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.