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How to drive safely when the weather gets cold

Oregon drivers may be at an increased risk of getting into an accident when roads are covered with ice or snow. However, there are ways of reducing that risk or eliminating it altogether. While on a snowy or icy road, it is important to maintain a constant speed. Slowing down or stopping may result in a vehicle losing traction and sliding off the road.

In some cases, a vehicle will not be able to gain enough traction to move after it comes to a stop. This may be especially true when slowing or stopping on a hill. Ideally, a driver will accelerate before coming to the hill, coast to the top and then slowly apply the brake when going over it. Cars that have modern brake systems may be able to help the vehicle slow down without losing traction or control.

As it can take more time to stop on a slippery road, drivers should stay as far behind other vehicles as possible. It may also be necessary to drive slower than normal, and in some cases, this could mean driving below a posted speed limit. Those who aren't comfortable driving in snowy or icy conditions may be better served staying home until the storm has passed. This is typically good advice regardless of how comfortable a person is driving in winter weather.

Those who are involved in an auto accident caused by another person's negligence may be entitled to compensation. Compensation may be awarded as part of a settlement or after a jury trial. It may help to pay current and future medical bills as well as replace lost wages or future earnings. Negligent actions may include driving while tired or while impaired. A person could also be negligent for driving a poorly maintained car or truck.

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