In Seattle, heavy snow occurs so infrequently that the city government is wholly unprepared for the conditions that come about because of a blizzard. As a result, Seattle drivers should exercise much more caution than usual when operating a motor vehicle in heavy snow or even rain. These are a few tips intended to help our clients navigate safely when driving in inclement weather.
Our number one tip for driving in a snowstorm is a very simple one: don’t do it. If drivers absolutely don’t have to go out, it is wise to just stay home. Once again, Seattle doesn’t get a lot of snow so if it’s anything that can be put off for a day or two, by all means, reschedule it and stay off of the roads. But if putting off travel isn’t an option:
In bad weather, do everything differently as it relates to being on the road. Work from an abundance of caution, and treat conditions for what they are. Drivers are going to run into unexpected slippery spots. Because of black ice, these slippery spots may simply not be visible. Black ice is a somewhat viable legal defense in Washington state.
If you encounter black ice you had no idea you were on, and accidentally hit someone or something, it may not necessarily be considered a negligent event. But as with any collision, it will still be a huge problem, so please be very, very careful for yourself, and for your fellow motorists.