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4 Things I Wish Every Drive Would Do

By Marie Dodds – AAA of Oregon/Idaho


  1. Car Preparation

Get ready by checking:

  • Tire tread and pressure
  • Battery strength
  • Fluid levels
  • Check heater/defroster
  • All lights
  • Wipers
  • Hoses and fan belts
  • Spare tire and jack


  1. Winter Driving Kit
  • Jumper cables
  • Tow and tire chains (know how to install)
  • Abrasive materials like sand
  • Warm clothing, hats gloves
  • Water and snacks
  • Prescription medicine
  • Phone charger
  • Warning flares
  • Ice scraper and brush
  1. Drive Smart!
  • Drive to the conditions
  • Slow down on snow/ice covered roads
  • Increase following distance
  • Increase braking distance
  • Steer out of a skid
  • Avoid unnecessary lane changes on snow/ice


  1. Use Common Sense
  • Dress according to weather conditions. Have an extra coat, hat and gloves in case yours gets wet changing tire or installing chains.
  • Let family members know your travel plans and route, expected time of arrival
  • Don’t blindly follow GPS. Stay on roads that are well-maintained
  • If stuck, stay with vehicle.


Plan Ahead and Be Prepared!

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