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We all want to enjoy Oregon’s beautiful summers — safely. Our staff put together some specific safety tips you can share with friends and family, add to community newsletters or use to refresh your own memory of a few certain things we should keep in mind while traveling during the warmer months.
See the Summer Storybook in a PDF.
While most Oregonians understand that winter driving involves increased risk, many ignore summertime hazards. The Oregon Department of Transportation encourages motorists to prepare their vehicles in advance and put away the distractions, whether you are driving, riding, walking or rolling. Statistics show that June, July and August are consistently among the deadliest months for those using the transportation system; the Independence Day holiday sees more tragedies from crashes than any other holiday in Oregon.
you have big plans to travel and experience Oregon’s beauty this summer? Follow
these easy tips to ensure an efficient, pleasant trip.
Summer is the ideal time for maintenance on roads, highways, bridges, etc. because it’s Oregon’s driest season. Construction can be inconvenient, especially when you’re running late to your destination. Plan ahead and know BEFORE you go. Use TripCheck.com to look for scheduled construction in your area or along your routes.
While gearing up for a road or camping trip, don't forget that it is illegal to transport loads that drag or leak. Loads that drag, such as trailer chains, can throw sparks and pose a serious wildfire risk — creating an opportunity to ignite vegetation on the nearby shoulder.
Here are some tips to help you enjoy your summer driving experience in Oregon:
As temperatures rise, it is important to be prepared for taking on the heat. On and off the road, there is the danger of heat-related illness during the summer.
Summer is upon us, and that means our youngest drivers are out and about. The 100 days of summer are considered the deadliest days for drivers, especially teen drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nationwide more than 14,000 people died in teen-driving related summertime crashes from 2010 to 2021.
Speeding is the leading cause of crashes involving teen drivers. Additionally, distracted driving or driving impaired are the leading causes of crashes for drivers of all ages.
You’ve heard it a million times: “Look both ways!” and “Watch out for pedestrians!” Well, you’re about to hear it again. The safety of Oregonians will always be of utmost importance. Take this time to freshen up on your crosswalk laws — whether you’re a pedestrian or a driver (or both).
Before you go
It sounds a little paradoxical, but summertime and fresh rain can create a perfect storm on the highways. Rain creates dangerous driving conditions: reduced visibility, reduced traction between tires and the road, and less pre-dictable car handling. When it’s raining, be cautious and give yourself more time to get where you are going. Also remember:
Top tips for drivers
For people on bicycles, some safety tips
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