What if you were driving up to the mountain and you spun out of control and hit a snow embankment? Would you have what you need to stay safe? The weatherman isn't always right, so a small flurry could end up leaving a couple inches of snow on your car. Being prepared for cold weather emergencies is critical for staying safe in winter weather. If you crash, breakdown, or get stuck in the snow this winter, being prepared will make it easier.
Now that you know the essentials things to keep in your car. But before you even hit the road this winter, make sure you keep half a tank of gas in your car, and good working wiper blades. You may also look into snow tires. Drive safe this winter!
You can get a WA Instructional Permit by passing the DOL Knowledge Exam as early as 15 and 1/2 years old.
Or, you can obtain a WA Instructional Permit as early as your 15th birthday without taking the DOL Knowledge Exam with a Permit Waiver up to 10 days before class starts, by signing up for a driving class.
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Washington state law requires that the driver of a vehicle transporting a child who is under 13 years of age shall transport the child in the back seat of the vehicle.
Our traffic officers are starting to see an alarming trend as they conduct enforcement at elementary and middle schools. Kids under 13 are riding in the front seat. Not only is this dangerous, it's also against the law. Washington state law requires that the driver of a vehicle transporting a child who is under 13 years of age shall transport the child in the back seat of the vehicle "where it is practical". Keep in mind the "practical" part of the law (hint: calling shotgun or rewarding your child with a front seat placement is NOT practical).
Here are a few examples where it may be acceptable to have your child ride in the front seat:
• A pickup truck with no back seat.
• A pickup truck with side facing jump seats (as these are not permitted for use with any child restraint).
• Any passenger vehicle where all rear seating positions are in use by other children and a child must, by default, ride in the front seat.
• Many two seat sports cars. Always read the vehicle owner’s manual as some sport cars never permit a child under twelve to ride in the front seat.
• When a child rides in a booster seat (which must be used with a lap and shoulder belt) and the vehicle has lap only belts in all rear seating positions.
These laws are in place to save lives and children rely on adults to keep them safe. If you are a parent of an elementary or middle school child make sure you are following this very important law.