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Winter Driving in Oregon

Winter Driving in OregonWinter driving in Oregon can be challenging. Refer to the following recommendations to make sure you avoid a car accident and arrive at your destination safe.

Take Your Time

Slow and steady wins the race; especially when driving in snow and ice. It is always a good idea to check road and weather conditions before you leave. You can also call 5-1-1 for travel information. Drive on main routes and make sure you are well rested and alert when driving.

Tell someone where you are going and remember cell phone coverage is not available in many remote areas in Oregon. Make someone aware of your routes. If you plans change, let someone know.

Prevent Slips

  • The biggest part of winter driving is being extra precautions and taking extra care when driving on snow covered or icy roads. The following are some tips to prevent your vehicle from slipping.
  • Do not use cruise control on wet, icy or snowy roads.
  • Position your hands on the steering wheel at 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock, or lower to have the most control of the vehicle.
  • If you lose traction, slow down gradually. Do not brake hard on snow or ice!
  • To maximize control of the vehicle, steer, brake and accelerate smoothly. Many drivers steer too much or too fast. Instead, steer just enough to follow the path you intend to go.
  • Use extra caution when driving across bridges or on concrete highways. Ice forms first on these surfaces.
  • Avoid driving through snowdrifts. These areas could be slicker.
  • If you see a shaded area, slow down before coming to it. Ice and snow melt last in shaded areas.
  • Use chains or snow tires where necessary.

Follow Oregon’s Chain Laws

Oregon chain laws apply to all roads and highways. Watch for signs indicating when chains or snow tires are required. Chains include link and cable chains as well as other devices that attach to the vehicle, wheel, or outside of the tire that are designed to increase traction. Studded tires can only be used between November 1 and April 1 in Oregon. In some areas, four-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicles may be exempt from the use of chains.

Keep Your Vehicle Maintained

  • The following are some things to check on your vehicle before driving on snow covered or icy roads.
  • Windshield wipers are in good working condition.
  • Antifreeze and all other fluids are topped off.
  • Make sure hoses are not brittle or loose.
  • Make sure your heater and defroster are working.
  • Check the battery is fully charged.
  • Ensure your tires are in good condition and are properly inflated.
  • Carry chains or use snow tires.

Be Aware of Snowplows

During the winter in Oregon, you will encounter snowplows and sanding trucks. Make sure you do not flow a plow or sander too closely. These large vehicles need room! Also, do not pass a plow or sander. Sometimes a plow works side-by-side with another plow to get the roads clear faster.

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