Stormy, snowy day? Cowlitz County Department of Public Works offers these tips for getting home safely.
Drive for conditions – slower speeds, slower acceleration, slower steering and slower braking in winter conditions.
Use your headlights.
Don't use cruise control.
Four-wheel and all-wheel drive vehicles will not stop or steer better in icy conditions.
Leave extra room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. And remember, big trucks take longer to stop.
Slow down when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shady spots.
Brush the snow off your vehicle, especially your lights, before you drive. It makes you more visible plus snow and ice flying off a vehicle can be dangerous to other drivers.
If you find yourself behind a snowplow, stay behind it until it is safe to pass. Remember that a snowplow driver has a limited field of vision. Stay back (15 car lengths) until you're sure it is safe to pass or until the plow pulls off the road.
Slow down and be extra cautious near the chain-up and removal areas. There are often people out of their vehicles moving around.