The Weather Beat
Driving tips for wet, icy weather
Posted by Seattle Times staff
Snow in the Puget Sound region is often wet and slick. With the forecast calling for freezing temperatures for the next several days, take extra care when driving:
- Before leaving home, check traffic and weather reports on TV, radio or websites. Statewide travel alerts and road conditions: www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/
- Clear snow and ice from car surfaces before driving. Snow on the hood can blow toward the windshield and block your view.
- Keep safety equipment, spare parts and food and water in the car. Keep your cellphone fully charged.
- Keep your fuel tank at least half-full. Make sure your wiper-fluid reservoir isn't running low.
- Drive with headlights on.
- Slow down. If possible, avoid driving altogether.
- Even when roads are dry, watch out for icy bridges.
- Stay at least 15 car lengths (200 feet) back from maintenance vehicles and plows, and don't pass them on the right.
- Don't use cruise control.
- Use brakes sparingly to avoid skidding.
- Don't pump anti-lock brakes to stop.
- If you need to pull over, the State Patrol asks you to stay with your vehicle, where you'll be safer. Call for help on your cellphone, or hang a colorful cloth from your window or antenna. More winter driving tips at: www.wsdot.wa.gov/winter/