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Preparing For Winter Driving Conditions

With winter break beginning for several local schools, families will begin traveling to their holiday destinations over the coming week. The Oregon Department of Transportation is encouraging drivers to get prepared in the event of inclement weather.

Posted: Dec 15, 2017 9:42 AM
Updated: Jan 25, 2018 8:19 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- With winter break beginning for several local schools, families will begin traveling to their holiday destinations over the coming week. The Oregon Department of Transportation is encouraging drivers to get prepared in the event of inclement weather. 

“Make sure your heater works well, your wipers are in good shape, your tires have good tread," said Oregon Department of Transportation Spokesperson Gary Leaming. "Have tire chains because any time you travel out of the valley or in southwest Oregon, you’re going to be traveling over a mountain pass.”

Road conditions can change in an instant and ODOT has some recommendations on how to stay safe during winter driving conditions. "Know before you go" is a good rule to abide by before heading to your destinations. ODOT recommends TripCheck. 

"We have more than 300 cameras and we also let people know what the current weather conditions are there and if there's a delay," said Leaming. "So tripcheck.com or 511 on your phone is a great resource to plan your trips."

And also be prepared to stop for long periods of time in the event of a major accident. 

"If the conditions get severe sometimes, especially on the Siskiyous and north of Grants Pass, we may have to hold traffic to get a jack-knifed truck righted or a crash figured out," said Leaming. "So that's why it's important to be prepared and have that extra gasoline and that food and snacks."

You can find more information from ODOT on inclement weather safety here. 

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