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The state of Washington is a beautiful place to live. The winter months, in particular, feature stunning scenery when traveling the state’s roads. Unfortunately, winter weather poses many hazards for motorists.

You already know how to drive, but it is never a bad idea to revisit crash hazards as a reminder to be extra careful when driving in the winter. Your caution can protect you and your loved ones from weather-related car accidents.

Driving safely in hazardous conditions

To reduce winter car accidents, the Washington State Department of Transportation offers some driving tips. The following examples may effectively reduce weather-related car accidents.

  • Tires can lose their grip on icy and snowy roads. Make sure to equip your vehicle with traction tires. You can purchase traction tires or you can add approved chains to your existing tires to boost their grip.
  • Listen to weather and news reports before driving in the winter. Take care to drive in accordance with the current conditions, which usually means slowing down in icy areas.
  • Avoid using cruise control in poor weather to improve your ability to focus on roads and conditions.
  • As a rule, it’s good to turn your headlights on in the winter so other drivers can see your vehicle.
  • Always slow down when approaching bridges, shady areas and intersections as they can be icier than other parts of the road. Maintaining a distance between your car and other vehicles can also help you avoid winter car accidents.

The tips above along with a little common sense can go a long way in keeping you safe on Washington roadways.

Unfortunately, other motorists may not be as responsible as you are when driving. As you know, this could result in an accident despite your best efforts. Whether you are considering a lawsuit based on the driver’s negligence or looking for help with insurance claims, an attorney can fill a valuable role of advocacy on your behalf.