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Posted on: December 6, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Traffic Update - Don't drive if you don't have to

Although Ferry Street Bridge and I-105 at 6th have been re-opened, there is a slew of more crashes being reported to 9-1-1. 7th and I-105 is now shut down as a tractor trailer jackknifed. Crews on are on the way to re-gravel that roadway.

9-1-1 notes the following trouble spots: 9-1-1 noted a few more locations to avoid.

30th Ave between Hilyard & LCC, especially near Spring Blvd. numerous vehicles sliding and blocking traffic

Beltline near River Rd., numerous vehicles off the road and into the ditch

24th east of Willamette is closed

13th east of Garfield

Chambers and portions of south Willamette are also slick

The public is advised that if they don’t need to travel, to stay home. If you do have to go out, please use extreme caution. Travelers are attempting to drive through roadways and areas that their vehicle is not equipped to handle. This ends up clogging the route for response vehicles.
If you do have to go out, try to choose flat travel routes, avoiding hills (such as Chambers, 30th Avenue, and portions of South Willamette) and on- ramps.

Cold Weather Driving Tips

With the advent of colder weather and the possibility of snow, the Eugene Police Department is advising drivers to use caution and good sense. As air temperatures drop and if roads are wet, driving surface conditions can change in the blink of an eye. What was a regular driving surface and appropriate speed one moment can become a skating rink the next, especially on overpasses and bridges. Many crashes occur when drivers are going the speed limit as temperatures drop and roads turn slippery.

Cold or rainy weather driving tips

• If it is icy out and you don't have to travel, stay home
• Slow down
• Leave plenty of driving distance, don't accelerate quickly and don't brake abruptly
• Drive defensively and cautiously – your eyes should be looking ahead and down the road so you can see conditions and traffic and will be able to react appropriately and calmly
• Even if you have a green light, check to see you are safe proceeding through the intersection. There may be vehicles sliding into the intersection, without the ability to stop due to road conditions and unsafe driving
• If you have an outside temperature gauge in your car, check it from time to time (These gauges are inexpensive and available at stores locally)
• Drive as though you can't rely on your brakes
• Be aware that road conditions can change quickly as the temperature drops
• The surface on overpasses and bridges freeze faster so be cautious
• Remove all ice on windshields, windows, headlights and tail lights prior to driving to ensure adequate visibility, and make sure the vehicle’s windshield is defrosted
• Carry chains or traction devices if it is going to snow
• Check your tire pressure. It should be at least at the level recommended by the manufacturer. As the temperature drops, so does tire pressure
• Turn headlights on
• If you crash, carefully evaluate the situation from inside your vehicle. Don't immediately get out because it is possible other vehicles might also be crashing near you. Don't stand between moving traffic and your vehicle. Use a flare, hazard lights or other signaling device to warn other drivers of the crash
• Four-wheel drive vehicles and all-wheel drive vehicles are great at accelerating, but in snow or ice that doesn't help you stop or turn.
• Don’t use cruise control in freezing, near freezing, or rainy conditions. The powered wheels can lose traction. In freezing weather, be especially careful on overpasses and bridges.

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