Eastside Fire & Rescue reminds motorists to prepare for icy roads

December 7, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 7, 2011

The cold is causing a challenge for motorists as ice forms on roads and Eastside Fire & Rescue crews respond to motorists crashing, spinning out or landing in ditches.

The conditions make for icy and slick roads across the emergency response agency’s service area. EFR serves Issaquah, Sammamish and North Bend, plus areas in unincorporated King County.

EFR reminds motorists to learn how to navigate and maneuver in inclement weather conditions, such as snow and ice. Driving safely by slowing down under these conditions is essential to staying safe behind the wheel. The agency recommends the following safety tips:

  • If cars behind you tailgate during bad weather conditions, pull over and let them pass.
  • Having a front-wheel or four-wheel drive vehicle is not a guarantee it can handle icy roads.
  • Avoid using cruise control if driving on icy roads.
  • Stay alert, and refrain from talking on a cellphone while driving, even with a hands-free device.
  • Slow down and allow some distance between you and the car in front of you.
  • Always wear a seat belt.
  • Most of all, if you do not have to be out in the elements, stay home.
National Weather Service meteorologists said Issaquah residents should expect overnight low temperatures near freezing to last into next week.
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