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Title: New Drivers Warned to Avoid Snoqualmie Pass


In a recent advisory, traffic safety authorities have issued a stern warning to new drivers: avoid traversing Snoqualmie Pass during adverse weather conditions. This precautionary measure is aimed at reducing the risk of accidents and ensuring the safety of inexperienced motorists in one of Washington’s most challenging driving environments.

Snoqualmie Pass: A Challenging Terrain

Snoqualmie Pass, a key segment of Interstate 90 in Washington, is notorious for its difficult driving conditions, particularly during winter. The pass experiences heavy snowfall, ice, and limited visibility, which can be daunting even for seasoned drivers. The combination of steep grades, sharp curves, and variable weather makes it a high-risk area for accidents.

Why New Drivers Are at Risk

New drivers, typically with less experience in handling complex driving situations, are especially vulnerable in such conditions. Their lack of experience with snow and ice-covered roads, coupled with the challenging topography of the pass, increases the likelihood of mishaps. Authorities emphasize that the unpredictability of the pass’s weather can quickly turn a manageable situation into a hazardous one.

Safety Tips for New Drivers

While avoiding the pass is the primary advice, authorities also provide safety tips for new drivers who may need to navigate the area. These include:

  • Checking weather and road conditions before travel.
  • Ensuring their vehicle is equipped with proper winter tires and chains.
  • Familiarizing themselves with winter driving techniques.
  • Traveling during daylight hours when visibility is better.
  • Keeping a safe following distance to allow for increased stopping time.


The warning for new drivers to avoid Snoqualmie Pass underscores the importance of safety and preparedness in challenging driving conditions. By adhering to this advice and exercising caution, new drivers can significantly reduce their risk of accidents and ensure a safer travel experience. Authorities continue to monitor conditions at the pass and provide updated guidance as necessary, prioritizing the safety of all motorists on Washington’s roads.

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