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Freezing temperatures and falling snow are back, along with the potential for nightly displays of spun out vehicles. How do we avoid being a part of the mayhem!?

Assess the Snow Situation to Avoid Car Accidents

Before you drive in the snow, assess the type of vehicle you plan to drive relative to where you want to drive. While a 2WD car may be a fine option for plowed streets with no hills, anything more might require a 4WD or AWD vehicle with proper tires and traction. The streets of Seattle are notoriously hilly, and it’s critical to factor this in while driving. No matter what vehicle you’re driving, hills can be treacherous.

Watch for Car Accidents Ahead

Each year we help hundreds of people get the compensation they deserve when they’ve been victimized by negligent drivers. These accidents often result in multiple vehicle pile-ups that require some untangling. Many accidents occur in the snow because a vehicle ahead spins out of control or causes an accident, and others can’t stop. Give drivers ahead plenty of room.

Keep an Eye on the Temperature

You should always pay attention to the temperatures outside. If your car features a thermometer, look at it often to see what the snow and ice are doing outside. Temperatures at or below 32 degrees indicate freezing temperatures, a good reason to watch for black ice and other hazards that may be present. This also means that the snow you see is unlikely to be actively melting. 

Temperatures above 32 degrees mean that melting ice and snow will likely turn to slush. Slush is tricky to drive in, especially in the evening because as soon as temperatures cool it turns into ice. Accelerate and decelerate slowly and pay attention to any slippage.

All in all, the best advice is to be smart, be aware of your surroundings, and drive within the capabilities of your vehicle. Stay safe, and call us if you find yourself in an accident!


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