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A wet, wild weekend: Drive carefully

Winter isn’t waiting for December to start, with rain and even snow included in the weekend forecast. Temperatures across the region will dip into the 30 and 40s, with the possibility of hail and icy roads along the coast.

 It’s a combination that could spell trouble for motorists driving around town or long distances. It’s also a warning for all drivers to take precautions now and through the remainder of the winter season.

Here are a few tips from the Oregon Department of Transportation:

•Keep a larger than normal distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead. A car needs two to three times more stopping distance on wet roads

•Drive slowly and carefully — posted speeds are the maximums in good weather. Lowering your speed helps you prepare for sudden stops caused by disabled cars, debris and other wet-weather hazards. 

•Turn on your headlights to improve visibility. 

•Disengage your cruise control. 

•Check your windshield wipers and replace if necessary.

•Check your brakes. After driving through a puddle, check that brakes are working properly by tapping them gently a few times. 

•Check your tires. Make sure tires are in good condition and are at the recommended inflation level. Tires should have at least 1/32 of an inch tread depth at any two adjacent grooves, the minimum allowable by law. Driving on over-inflated or under-inflated tires is dangerous on wet pavement.

Last but not least, before a trip visit www.Tripcheck.com  or call 800-977-6368 for road conditions and chain requirements.

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