As part of the Pacific Northwest, Washington has seen its fair share of extreme weather the past few years. Unsafe driving or failure to take necessary precautions during the changing weather conditions can result in accident-causing injuries. With the vast areas of mountain passes, windy roads and city driving, here are some of the impacts of winter weather on drivers.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac has, so far, accurately predicted the Northwest Territories to experience snow, sun and cold in October and November. Washington residents can experience above average snowfall this winter with potentially above average temperatures. The regional forecast however doesn’t determine the day-to-day forecast affecting drivers.
The higher potential for cold-weather precipitation means more snow, sleet and freezing rain to cause havoc on the roadways. Bouts of warmer-than-average temperatures can cause the snow pack to melt creating slippery roadways or allowing drivers to get too comfortable before the next batch of snow hits.
The Washington State Department of Transportation provides some safe driving tips for winter. Some of the key tips include avoiding the use of cruise control, slowing down and being extra cautious. Before the winter fully hits, be sure the vehicle has the proper chains and traction tires to safely drive on the roadways.
Keep an eye out for any road or pass closures. Pass closures happen for a lot of reasons including avalanche control, road clearing and vehicle collisions. Remember during bad weather, it can take longer to stop for any vehicle but especially large trucks. These tips can help drivers stay safe as the weather changes.