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ODOT Reminds Drivers To Be Cautious Traveling This Week

BEND, OR -- Oregon’s Department of Transportation asks drivers to mind their manners, this week.

ODOT’s Kacey Davey says the forecast is mostly dry for now but snow could hit the higher elevations Saturday or Sunday, “If you’re planning to go over the mountains and you’re coming back on the weekend, be prepared any time, but especially if it’s snowing. Make sure you’re driving for the conditions. So that means slow down, give more space, give our snowplows extra space, especially. Don’t ever pass one on the right.”

It’s important to plan for changing road conditions so you don’t get stuck. “Not only do you not get where you’re needing to go, but it means that a lot of other folks behind you might not also be getting where they need to go,” says Davey who also suggests packing an extra blanket and jacket, phone charger and medications in your car in case you do get delayed.

And Davey says there are a few things to do before you leave home, “Make sure your vehicle has appropriate tires. Make sure, if you’re going to carry chains, that you know how to use them. Things like windshield wiper blades, sometimes people forget about those; they need to be in good shape going over the mountains.”

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