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Trooper Talks About Driving in Winter Conditions

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KENNEWICK, WA- All morning and into the afternoon on Tuesday, Washington State Patrol responded to call after call reporting vehicle wrecks because of the weather conditions. 

We rode along with Trooper Chris Thorson as he patrolled Interstate 82. As we were driving cars were passing us and as one passed he checked their speed, "72 miles an hour and he's going over the speed limit and that minivan is a two wheel vehicle, there's no need to be driving over the speed limit in these conditions". 

With the snow and freezing rain comes a road much different than the one we're used to and therefore calls for changes to be made to your regular driving routines. If you usually use cruise control Trooper Thorson says you want to try to avoid it, "if your vehicle start spinning out of control, your tires lose traction and the accelerator keeps going so definitely take off cruise control". While you may make some changes driving in certain conditions, one thing should never change, "definitely wear your seat belt in these conditions you have higher probability getting in accident in these conditions". 

Thorson also passes along that keeping headlines on during these winter conditions to help increase the length of your visibility while driving. All winter long it is best to remember to go slower than normal, be cautious and leave distance between you and other cars.