The Tigard Police Department’s traffic unit suggests taking the following steps to prepare for driving in snow and ice:
- Take public transportation or ride with someone whose car is equipped for the snow.
- Use chains, snow socks or snow tires.
- Keep your windshield and windows clear.
- Travel at the speed recommended for chains. If you don’t, the chains may break.
- Go slow and steady. Budget enough time to get to your destination at a safe speed. The police will cite drivers for going faster than is safe for road conditions even if you are driving under the speed limit.
- Increase your following distance behind other vehicles to allow more room to react.
- Slow down well before you need to stop to avoid abruptly braking and potentially skidding.
- Be careful about reduced visibility due to heavy rain, snow or darkness during commute hours. Many pedestrians aren’t visible because they are wearing dark clothing.
- Do not abandon your vehicle in the traffic right-of-way. Police have an obligation to protect life and property by keeping the roads clear (including traffic shoulders) so that other traffic can keep moving. Any vehicle left in the right-of-way could create a hazard.
- If your vehicle gets stuck, try to move it completely off the roadway, use the emergency flashers and call for a tow. Vehicles left on the shoulder may create a hazard for other drivers.
- If your vehicle is obstructing traffic in any way, it could be towed. A citation and a tow fee usually accompany police tows, increasing the inconvenience to motorists.
- Bring an emergency kit with warm clothes, food and water in case you get stuck. Fill up your gas tank before a snowstorm.
Frozen Pipes? Winter weather brings icy winds and dipping temperatures which can do a lot of damage to your home by freezing pipes and leaving you without flowing water. There are many precautions you can take now to help you avoid the expense and inconvenience of frozen pipes during an extended cold spell. View the Regional Water Providers Consortium Winter Tips for details, including what to do if your pipes freeze.