Tips for driving safely on icy roads

As temperatures dip below freezing with precipitation coming down, the roads are getting slicker and if you're not careful, it could be a formula for disaster.

Posted: Dec 12, 2017 7:47 AM
Updated: Dec 12, 2017 9:36 AM

EUGENE, Ore. - Icy roads were to blame for several car accidents Monday and the slick conditions are expected to continue.

Here are some tips to stay safe on the roads from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT):

- Pay close attention to bridges and ramps. They are the first to freeze and the last to defrost in freezing temperatures.
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly.
- If you are driving through the mountains, carry chains and be prepared to use them.
- Increase your driving distance from the car in front of you to 8-10 seconds.
- Put your full attention on the road. No distractions!

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