Freezing temperatures following rainy days can be especially hazardous to drivers, authorities warn. That’s why motorists in Washington should be particularly careful when driving in freezing temperatures.
Across the country, the U.S. Department of Transportation reports, 24 percent of all weather-related traffic accidents happen on snow-covered or icy roads. That’s because most drivers are either unaware of the risks or simply fail to pay attention to warnings issued by the authorities.
In order to avoid accidents when the roads are icy, drivers should be particularly careful while negotiating curves or crossing intersections, as those areas are where ice is more common.
To keep your car from skidding on black ice, slow down. Additionally, double or even triple the distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you. Authorities warn that excessive speed as well as following too close will lead to winter accidents.
Authorities remind drivers that when leaving the house in cold temperatures, things can take a turn for the worse before you have time to turn around. Consider preparing a safety kit containing a flashlight, batteries, blankets, warm clothes, bottled water, and whatever you might need in case you get stranded and leave it in your trunk at all times.
If you find yourself in a ditch after sliding off the road, turn on your hazard lights, remain inside, and call 911. If you’re forced to stop because you cannot see the road ahead, turn on your hazard lights so others can see you and remain inside. Call for help.
While most Washington drivers are aware that the weather can be treacherous during the cold months, many may feel overly confident. That’s why we should always remind drivers about the risks of ignoring how the bad weather can impact the roads.
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