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AAA Tips For Safe Winter Driving

Vancouver Public Works Street crew fill up on deicer in Southwest Washington.
Vancouver Public Works Street crew fill up on deicer in Southwest Washington.

Transportation officials recommend against driving, if you don't have to. If you do need to drive, spokeswoman Marie Dodds advises packing an emergency kit - with blankets, flares, and extra food and clothes - even for a short trip. She says traffic tie-ups can turn a short commute into a long slog.

Dodds says if you have to get behind the wheel, there are two keys to safe winter driving.

"Number one - slow down," says Dodds. "Number two - make sure you give yourself plenty of extra space between you and the car in front of you. If you do just those two things, you can avoid a lot of mishaps that happen to drivers."

Dodds says mapping your route in advance is a good idea - with special consideration for where steep and slippery hills are.

Oregon's Department of Transportation says if you do get stuck - stay with your car. ODOT says abandoned cars will be towed.

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