Be Prepared!

Plan for Winter Travel

Before leaving for a trip in adverse weather conditions, plan your route and make sure you have an emergency kit in your vehicle. Check your local news for driving advisories and plan accordingly.

#1 Check your local and destination weather. The national 511 website provides links to all available state 511 services.

#2 Pack an essential emergency car kit. Here’s a suggested list of items. Keep this kit in your car at all times during winter so it’s available in case you encounter unexpected traffic backups or bad weather.

#3 Check your vehicle. Prepare your vehicle before winter starts. Then, make a few basic safety checks before each trip:

  • Check tires.
  • Fill gas tank.
  • Check wiper blades and fluid.
  • Make sure headlights are working.

Use the checklist below to help you stay safe on the road. [Download PDF version]

  • Stock your car with an emergency kit.
  • Plan the route to your destination.
  • Check the weather forecast and state 511 service.
  • Check traffic along your route.
  • Check news for travel advisories.
  • Charge your cell phone.
  • Let someone know when you’re leaving and check in once you arrive.


AAA – Preparing an Emergency Supply Kit
Oregon DOT – Winter Car Care Tips
Oregon DOT – How to Put on Tire Chains