A semi-truck accident on Interstate 990 caused by slick conditions blocked three lanes of traffic for about two hours at Snoqualmie Pass. Roadways have since reopened. Officials say this serious semi-truck accident was caused by slick roadway conditions from rainfall. The driver of the semi-truck was reportedly injured in the crash. He was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation of injuries. Traffic quickly backed up in the eastbound lanes as the crash was investigated by troopers and crews worked to clear the wreckage.
8 Tips for Driving in Slick Conditions After or During Rainfall
Many people believe driving in the rain is easy and harmless. This can sometimes be true but more often than not, light rain is very dangerous to drive on. Driving in the rain, whether light or heavy, can be one of the most trying driving conditions. Bad weather conditions are directly associated with higher accident rates. Know how wet roads and low visibility affects the way your vehicle handles to help keep you safe while driving in slick conditions.
- Check your tires. If your tires are bald, be sure to replace them to avoid a car accident. Balding tires can severely affect the way your tires hit the wet pavement.
- Make sure your headlights, tail lights, and windshield wipers are working properly. Keeping your vehicle maintained will prolong the life of the vehicle as well as keep you safe.
- Use your headlights while driving in the rain. Even if it is only lightly raining, turning on your headlights will greatly increase your visibility as well as make you more visible to other drivers.
- Turn on your vehicle’s defrost. Because rain causes humidity, your vehicle’s windows are likely to become foggy. If the fog is too great, pull over until you have enough visibility.
- Slow down. State law requires all drivers to travel at a speed reasonable to roadway conditions. That means, if the pavement is wet you should be going slower than the speed limit to be safe.
- Avoid braking hard. Slow your vehicle naturally by taking your foot off the accelerator earlier than you normally would to prepare to slow down or stop.
- Increase the distance between you and the car in front of you. In bad weather conditions, it takes a vehicle longer to stop than normal. Maintain a safe driving distance by spacing your car several seconds behind the person in front of you.
- Be aware of hydroplaning. Standing water can cause your car to hydroplane, or skid across the surface of the road. If possible, change lanes or steer safely away from large puddles. If you do start to hydroplane, take your foot off the accelerator and steer in the direction that the front of your vehicle needs to go. Avoid slamming on your brakes or suddenly turning the wheel.
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