1406 N Pines Rd Spokane Valley WA 99206
With old man winter upon us we normally get busy with the holidays and New Year resolutions. At this time of year we need remember some key points about driving in the winter months and avoiding accidents.
Preparing your vehicle:
It is important to keep your vehicle well maintained and in good running condition all year long for safety and fuel economy. It is even more essential in the winter months to prepare your vehicle by performing the following safety steps:
Know your vehicle:
Become familiar with the owners manual. Winterize and check the following:
Battery and lights
Defroster and heating system
Wiper blades and windshield wiper fluid
Belts, hoses and filters
Tire pressure and tread depth
Brakes and brake fluid
Keep your fuel tank full to minimize condensation and provide comfort and security in case of delays
Have a cell phone or CB radio in the car; it can be a lifesaver for you or another stranded motorist in case of an emergency or accident.
Have an emergency kit with safety equipment in your car, including but not limited to:
Ice Scraper and Snow Brush
Sand or Cat Litter for extra traction
Boots, Gloves and Extra Warm Clothing
Flashlight with Extra Batteries
Food and Water
First Aid kit
Safe Winter Driving Tips
Clear all snow and ice from your windows and lights – including the hood and roof - before driving
Drive with your headlights on – this will make you more visible to other drivers and help you see the obstacles in the road more easily.
Slow down and pay attention. Give yourself extra time to reach your destination. Don’t try to out-drive the conditions. Keep your eye on the traffic ahead of you. Watch for the brake lights; actions by other drivers can alert you to problems ahead and give you extra time to respond.
Leave plenty of room between you and the other drivers. When it comes to maintenance vehicles and snow plows - stay 200 feet back (at least 15 car lengths) and don’t pass on the right.
Don’t use your cruise control or overdrive in wintry conditions. Even when the roads appear clear there can be slippery spots, and a short tap of the brakes can de-activate the cruise control and cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
Use brakes carefully. Brake early. Brake correctly. Remember it takes more time to stop in adverse conditions. Don’t pump anti-lock brakes when attempting to stop. The right way is to “stop and steer"!
Remember, that trucks are heavier than cars. Trucks take longer to stop, so don’t cut in front of them.
Don’t get over confident in your four wheel drive vehicle. Four wheel drive may help you get going quicker, but will not help you stop faster – due to the weight it may actually take longer for you to stop. Your four wheel drive can also lose traction just as quickly as a two wheel drive vehicle.
Know current road conditions:
Call 511 for travel and weather information
Watch and/or listen to local new reports for weather and traffic reports and updates.
Observe and heed information displayed on electronic highway signs.
By observing these tips and staying informed you will have a safer winter driving season and avoid meeting other people by accident.