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March 5, 2012 at 9:53 PM

WSDOT warns of black ice for morning commute

Commuters should be extra careful Tuesday morning.

The Washington State Department of Transportation warns that weather conditions are right for black ice to form on roads. Of particular danger will be bridges, ramps and overpasses, which are likely to freeze before other roadways.

WSDOT says it will be pretreating lowland roads for ice, and it will plow snow from roads at higher elevations.

Here are some tips from WSDOT for driving on icy roads”

Go slow:  Drive using slower speeds, slower acceleration, slower steering and slower braking.

Four-wheel drive won’t help: You are not extra-safe just because you’re driving a vehicle with four-wheel or all-wheel drive. Such vehicles “do not stop or steer better” than other vehicles on ice, WSDOT warns.

Don’t crowd other cars: Leave lots of extra space between your vehicle and the one in front of you.

Go extra slow: As you approach intersections, offramps, bridges or shade, slow more than you would ordinarily.

WSDOT offers several ways to stay abreast of weather, traffic and construction information.

Twitter: Follow @wsdot, @wsdot_traffic, @wsdot_passes, @wsdot_tacoma, @wsdot_SnoqualmiePass

Phone: Call 511in state or 800-695-ROAD (7623) if you’re out of state. TTY users can call 800-833-6388.

Email: sign up for email updates and social media tools such as Facebook.

 

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