County cautions commuters to expect treacherous drive on Wednesday morning

County cautions commuters to expect treacherous drive on Wednesday morning
Posted on 02/05/2019

Below freezing overnight temperatures and wet roads are set to create icy and treacherous conditions on roads tonight and tomorrow morning. Drivers should expect black ice and drive with extra care and caution if they must be on the road.

 

“If you go to bed tonight and the roads are wet, you should assume there will be ice on the roads in the morning,” said Lane County Road Maintenance Manager Orin Schumacher. “Outlying county roads especially can become icy when temperatures drop because they tend to be higher in elevation than the metro area.”

 

Lane County Road Maintenance crews have been placing deicer on priority routes this week; however, rain has washed much of that away. Crews will be out at midnight tonight to continue preventative measures where possible.

 

Tips to stay safe while driving in winter conditions:

  • Pay attention to the weather. Check your local forecast before leaving and keep an eye on the temperature.
  • Stay home if you can. If possible avoid icy conditions altogether.
  • Change your route. Choose a route that avoids steep climbs or descents.
  • Slow down. Vehicles, even with AWD and traction tires, can still slide. High speeds increase your chance of losing control and make it difficult to stop.
  • Go easy on your brakes. Braking hard can cause vehicles to slide on icy roads and increase the risk of a collision.
  • Wear your seatbelt. Seatbelts should be worn at all times when you are in a moving vehicle.

 

“We want people to be more aware of their surroundings, especially if they’re traveling on rural roads,” said Schumacher. “Drive a little slower and put the safety of you and your passengers, as well as everyone else on the road, first.”

 

For more tips on driving in winter conditions, AAA offers a “How to Go on Ice and Snow” brochure with information for drivers to consider.