Klamath Falls, Ore. – Winter driving conditions have arrived in southern Oregon and northern California.
The Oregon State Police are offering some driving tips to help improve the chances of a safe trip.
When the snow hits the highway, there’s two important things to remember.
“Reduce your speed – slow down.” Stresses Lieutenant Donnie Miller, Commander of the Klamath Falls office of the Oregon State Police. “Leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.”
Miller adds 4-wheel drive is a great tool, but it’s not a cure-all. “Make sure that you’re carrying the proper traction devices. Use the proper winter tires when you’re going out.”
Do NOT use cruise control on ice, snow, or even wet roads.
“You’re better off to use your foot on the gas.” Lt. Miller explains. “And drive accordingly – which is slow down.”
Automatic braking systems, or ABS, needs to be used with care.
“Sometimes, you have to pump the brakes in those situations.” Miller notes. “It doesn’t always catch like it needs to.”
Highway 97 north of Chiloquin to Chemult is a common stretch for accidents in Klamath County.
Miller points out that Highway 140 near Lake of the Woods is another trouble spot. “Once it snows, the ice stays on the ground for a long period of time due to the shady spots. So be careful on those areas as well.”
The Lieutenant has one other tip for those not comfortable driving in winter conditions: “Just stay home.”
Highway information is available by calling 511, visiting www.tripcheck.com in Oregon, or using the ‘quick map’ app in California.
You’ll also find the latest forecast anytime on kobi5.com
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.