Driving in snow-
Driving in the snow requires a certain set of driving skills that some Oregon residents rarely get to use. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Check road conditions on your route before you go at TripCheck or by dialing 511. Plan your trip accordingly.
- Allow extra time to get where you’re going. Travel is going to be slow.
- Allow extra stopping distance. There is less traction on slick, snowy roads.
- Brake gently to avoid skidding or sliding. If the wheels lock up, ease off the brakes.
- Carry chains and know how to use them.
- Make sure your vehicle is in top operating conditions, with clean headlights, good brakes, working windshield wipers and good tires.
- Slow down when approaching off-ramps, bridges and shady spots where the snow often lingers longer.
- Turn on your headlights to increase your visibility.
- Be prepared for delays. Make sure you have water, blankets, a full tank of gas…and plenty of patience!
- If you feel tired or if road conditions get rough, don’t be afraid to stop for the night.
For more helpful information please visit ODOT's website by clicking here.