Winter Driving Tips

Winter Driving TipsIt’s that time of year again.  Here are some tips to help make sure that you are able to get to and from your destination as safely as possible.

Before leaving on your trip, makes sure your vehicle has the following;

  • Your anti-freeze is topped off.
  • Good working windshield wipers with winterized washer fluid.
  • Working heater/defroster.
  •  A full tank of gas.
  • Proper tires for where you’ll be traveling.
  • Chains
  • A leak free exhaust system (car can fill with carbon monoxide gas).

Extra equipment

The following items will be helpful in case of an emergency, or if you get stuck.

  • Collapsible shovel.
  • Flares.
  • Bag of sand, skid mat, cat litter, or rock salt.
  • Ice scrapper.
  • Dry rags of towels.
  • Jumper cables.
  • Extra clothes and boots.  (If possible keep a change of dry, warm water-proof clothes, gloves and boots in your car)
  • Blankets.
  • Food and water.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Flashlights/head lamps with extra batteries.

Be aware of the road conditions and drive accordingly.  Plan extra travel time.  You never know what may happen, road and weather conditions can change rapidly, and from mile to mile.  Here in Oregon you can call 5-1-1 or 1-800-977-6368 for road conditions.  You can also check out road conditions and highway cameras on ODOT’s website at

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