Drivers in Washington state encounter slick, wet roads all the time. These driving conditions can reduce the traction of your wheels, and spin-outs and slide-out crashes are common. As such, drivers need to be aware of safety practices that can prevent an accident when the roads are slippery.
Follow these tips to maintain control of your car during slick road conditions:
Keep your car in good working condition: Take your vehicle in for regular checkups and maintain the safety of your vehicle. You’ll want your windshield and windshield wipers to be clean and good working condition. You’ll also want to replace your tires when they start to get bald and make sure your braking — and antilock braking systems — are working.
Take the safest route possible: When the roads are wet, icy or snowy, be sure to select the safest route possible. By choosing a safe route that doesn’t involve difficult turns or busy intersections, you can reduce your chances of a collision.
Drive slower: You should always reduce the speed of your vehicle to reflect the weather conditions. In fact, you’re legally obligated to drive in a more cautious way during rain and other harsh weather conditions.
Put distance between yourself and other vehicles: It should go without saying not to tailgate other vehicles, but some drivers still do it. Tailgating is dangerous. You should always put distance between you and other vehicles, and this is especially true during slippery road conditions.
Drivers who fail to drive safely during slippery road conditions could be held liable for the accidents and injuries they cause. If you or your loved one was hurt in a slippery road accident, you may want to investigate your legal rights and options.