Whenever we’re close to the holidays, we know that navigating Washington roads suddenly become slightly more dangerous than usual. With the weather change that comes with winter, expect more the snow and fog. And as a result, accidents might be more likely.
As Washington State Patrol officers have noted, the weather changes have already started to affect Washingtonians’ holiday travel plans.
Just about a week ago, officials say, they responded to 59 car crashes in 24 hours because of the heavy snow.
In order to make sure your coming weeks are safe, WSP officials are asking drivers to remember that driving as they normally would might not be the best option. If the roads are snowy or icy, drivers must slow down and drive accordingly.
When planning a road trip, you must always plan in advance, making sure that you’re picking a familiar route. Also, take the road conditions into consideration before you head to your destination.
You can call 511 or check the WSDOT website for road conditions and weather forecast before hitting the road.
Before taking off, make sure you have an emergency kit in your vehicle in case of a snowstorm or another issue along the way. Have extra blankets, water bottles, a flashlight, road flames, extra clothes, snacks, a first aid kit, and medications. Also, carry chains for your tires — you never know when you might need them.
The holiday season is a time when we drive with our families and friends to celebrate love and friendship. It’s important that we are taking risks that arise with the season into consideration at all times.
Never drinking and driving, avoiding drowsy driving, and not allowing distractions to become a problem are all part of driving safely. But making appropriate plans is important. And making sure your car is well-maintained and you know how to drive well in the cold weather are all part of making your holidays safer.
For more safety tips from the WSP, please follow this link.