Winter Driving (For When There’s Snow Down Low)

The forecast is in, and it looks like snow is heading our way, Washingtonians!

The Washington State Patrol has already seen an increase in collisions since the winter months hit. We want you to be safe out on our state’s roadways, so Trooper Kyle Yarbrough has provided some great tips for winter driving (along with some pretty impressive whiteboard drawings).

What to Carry in Your Car:

  • Snow shovel, ice scraper
  • Abrasive materials (like kitty litter or sand) in case your car gets stuck in the snow.
  • Jumper cables, flashlight, and warning devices.
  • Blankets.
  • Food and water.
  • A cell phone with charger.
  • Necessary medicine.

Remember:

  • If the weather is not ideal, stay off the roadways if you can.
  • If you do have to travel, give yourself plenty of time to arrive at your destination safely.
  • Reduce your speed. Speed limits are set for ideal conditions.
  • Increase your following distance.
  • Use your headlights.
  • Make sure you have a full tank of gas.

If you witness a collision:

  • Call 911 and be prepared to answer questions regarding the details of the collision.
  • If you stop to help, pull your vehicle off of the roadway and activate your hazards.
  • Do not park where a car could slide into you or your vehicle.
  • If you stop to help the injured, do not put yourself in danger. Things can happen quickly and other vehicles may not see you putting you at greater risk. Weather and poor road conditions can compound the problem.
  • You may further injure someone involved in the collision. If there is no immediate need for the occupants to be removed do not remove them.

If you are involved in a collision:

  • Call 911.
  • Activate your hazard lights and if possible, drive your vehicle as far off of the roadway as possible while remaining on level ground.
  • If your vehicle is inoperable, activate your hazards and wait for law enforcement and first responders to arrive. If you are concerned about your safety and think your vehicle might get struck from behind, get out of your vehicle and move away from the road to a safer location. This is only recommended as a last resort.

Please be safe out there and know that we’re ready when you need us!

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