Winter Driving Tips
February 28th, 2017
- Know the current road conditions. Call ODOT TripCheck at 511 from any phone or check them out at: TripCheck.com.
- TripCheck Twitter feed for I-84 in our region click here.
- Clear snow and ice from all windows and lights - even the hood and roof- before driving.
- When driving in the snow, do everything slowly. Keep in mind that driving in snow, sleet, and ice is very treacherous. Even if you maintain control of your car, not everyone else will.
- Protect yourself and your passengers. Allow extra time to reach your destination during inclement weather. It takes only one unprepared or careless driver to slow or stop traffic.
- Pay attention don't try to out drive the conditions. Remember the posted speed limits are for dry pavement.
- Your four-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicle will certainly help you with traction but they do not stop or steer better on ice.
- Leave extra room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
- If you're driving in an area that permits or requires tire chains, ensure they are in your vehicle and you've practiced putting them on before you need them.
Prepare your vehicle for winter driving and check the following:
- Ignition system
- Fuel system
- Fluid levels
- Exhaust system
- Wiper blades and windshield washer fluid
- Snow tires
- Tire tread and pressure
- Proper grade oil
- Cooling system
Thank you for your efforts ensuring our roadways remain as safe as possible.