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ODOT tips for winter weather driving

Whether it's snow, rain or ice, forecasters said it's not looking like it's going to be ideal driving weather this weekend, especially in the passes.

EUGENE, Ore. - Winter weather means winter driving conditions!

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Whether it's snow, rain or ice, forecasters said it's not looking like it's going to be ideal driving weather this weekend, especially in the passes.

ODOT said there are a few things drivers need to keep in mind before hitting the roads.

Give yourself extra travel time and plan ahead. People can check road conditions all over the state, by going to tripcheck.com.

While driving, make sure there is plenty of extra stopping distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.

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ODOT said to keep in mind driver may need chains, traction tires or a "4-wheel" or "all wheel" drive vehicle when heading into the mountains.

They said while using chains, make sure to turn your hazard lights on when you pull over to install them. Once they're on, try not to go faster than 30 MPH and don't brake suddenly.

ODOT recommends keeping an emergency kit in your car. They said it should have things like extra water, food, blankets and warm clothes, maps, flashlights and flares, rain gear and even a first aid kit with any medication you might need.

ODOT also recommends having a full tank of gas and a charged cell phone before you travel anywhere.

If you feel tired or if road conditions get rough, ODOT said not to be afraid to stop for the night.

State Police have warned in the past about following GPS detours.

They said to try to avoid seasonal or forest roads that aren't maintained well so you don't get stuck.

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