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Oregon winters run the full gambit of weather conditions that affect our roads. Before the snow really starts to come down and the black ice begins to take our cars ice skating, it’s best to review some safety tips! Read on to brush up on your winter driving skills.

Rain

When the winter rains come pouring down, you’ll want to make sure your wipers are in good condition. If they aren’t working properly swap them out for hardy winter resistant ones. You’ll also want to check if your tires are rain ready by ensuring they are inflated properly. One of the scariest things that can happen on a rainy day beyond low visibility is hydroplaning. To avoid this as best as possible make sure to drive at a slower speed, avoid parts of the road that have accumulated water and try to drive in the tracks left by drivers ahead of you.

Snow

As with rain conditions, ensure that your car is ready for the weather. This means checking that your antifreeze is topped off, you’ve got your winter tires on, your lights are all in working order and your brakes are in top notch condition. After you’re ready to hit the snowy roads, you’ll want to keep a few tips in mind. Slow down for more control over your vehicle. Be cautious when using brakes. Sudden and aggressive stops may lead to sliding out of control. Make sure to have an emergency kit in your car with some jumper cables, warning devices, a wool blanket, non-perishable food and water.

Ice

Making sure your car is ready for Oregon winter conditions is just as true for icy conditions as it is for snow and rain. It’s important also to remember that keeping your gas tank at least half full through the season is good vehicle maintenance. Once you’re on the road, keep your speed reasonable and avoid using cruise control. Engaging the cruise control will reduce your overall control of the vehicle. If you hit a patch of ice and begin sliding, do not correct the vehicle aggressively. Instead, gently steer the car in the direction you are sliding and once traction is regained, you may accelerate once more.

Much of driving safety begins before you even get in your car. To be sure you’re ready for Oregon winter driving conditions, get your vehicle prepped. When conditions begin to worsen, make sure someone always knows your destination and timeframe.

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