Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Now that most of Oregon has received its first taste of winter and driving in less-than-favorable conditions, it is a good time to get a handle on winter-related traffic safety information.
A year-old publication, the "Oregon Winter Driving Guide," developed by the Governor's Transportation/Tourism Task Force, is available to help motorists safely navigate the roads this winter.
The "Oregon Winter Driving Guide" contains information on Oregon's laws that govern use of tire chains, tips for driving in icy or snowy conditions, and a checklist of equipment for roadside emergencies.
The free guide is available at visitor information centers and convention bureaus, welcome centers and information kiosks, Les Schwab Tire Centers, Department of Transportation offices, and from members of the Oregon Lodging Association. The guide is also available online at www.tripcheck.com, traveloregon.com, oregontic.com, and oregonlodging.com.
A link is also available on the Oregon State Police web site at http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/winter_driving_guide.shtml.
Road and weather condition information is also available on ODOT's web site, www.tripcheck.com. TripCheck is a one-stop shop for information on traveling in Oregon, with the latest conditions via road cameras, continuous winter travel updates, year-round highway construction details, and other tips to get you to and from your favorite places in Oregon.