3 Tips for Safe Driving in Oregon
May 5th, 2017 by Eli P
Oregon drivers get into auto collisions for a variety of reasons, including distracted driving, speeding, tire blowouts, intoxication, and more. But some reasons have to do more with the environment than with the driver. For safe driving in Oregon’s diverse weather and road conditions, practice these three safety tips.
1. Driving in High Winds
High winds are common throughout Oregon, especially in the mountainous regions of the state. They’re also a leading cause of damage (from falling trees and other objects blown into the air) that requires a trip to the auto body shop.
When driving in high winds, be alert for strong gusts, especially in mountain passes. Pay attention to which way the wind is blowing. Strong winds hitting your car from the side are more dangerous than head-on.
Keep a firm grip on the steering wheel at all times, especially when towing a trailer. Give yourself plenty of room around large vehicles, as they often have trouble maintaining their lanes in strong winds.
2. Driving in Heavy Rains
The coastal areas of Oregon are known for their frequent and heavy rainstorms. The first safety rule is always to slow down. Just because the speed limit says 65 doesn’t mean it’s safe to drive that fast in torrential rains.
Wet roads can cause hydroplaning, another common cause of auto collisions, so allow for more time and distance to gradually slow down and come to a stop. Give yourself extra space between vehicles in front of and behind you. Turn on your headlights lights (even during daytime) to make sure other drivers can easily see you.
3. Animal Collisions
In Oregon, deer and elk often stray onto highways. In fact, counties like Klamath, Lane and Jackson tend to have large numbers of “animal in road” incidents. These typically peak during mid to late fall, when the animals migrate to winter ranges.
To avoid hitting one of these large animals, pay close attention to all wildlife crossing signs. Slow down on twisty, turny mountain roads where you can come around a bend and have very little time to see and avoid hitting a deer. Pay extra attention at dawn and dusk, when the animals can be harder to spot.
If you have the misfortune to suffer auto body damage from hitting a deer, bring it into your nearest Fix Auto body shop for high-quality, professional repairs.
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