We would like to urge all Washington drivers are to use extra caution when driving this weekend as our first big storm of the season hits hard.  Driving conditions will likely be particularly harsh with heavy rain, high winds and restricted visibility.

When driving in bad weather, it is important to keep your full attention on the road. Consider putting your cellphone in the glove box or turning it off altogether to save battery power and prevent distractions. Never drive above the posted speed limit sign, especially in bad weather and maintain an even longer distance behind other vehicles.

Here are a few tips that serve as a good reminder to us all:

  • Always keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you. In bad weather, you should double the distance you need to stop—especially when visibility is low or road conditions are hazardous.
  • Don’t use cruise control; stay in complete control of your vehicle.
  • Reduce your speed while driving.
  • Always use your signals when changing lanes and be sure to double check your mirrors for other drivers and motorcyclists.
  • Check the weather reports in your community before heading out so that you can be prepared and know what to expect.
  • Drive with low-beam headlights on during bad weather to increase the likelihood that other drivers will see your car.
  • Always bring your cell phone with you in case of an emergency—but resist the urge to talk on it or use it while driving.

While we’re here for you 24/7, we truly hope you won’t need us this weekend.  Stay safe, friends.