A late winter storm slammed the Pacific Northwest on Feb. 6, 2014, shutting down most of the region for several days and covering area roads with ice. According to Oregon State Police, nearly 600 accidents were reported across the state in the two days following the storm. Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington offers tips to help drivers whose vehicles may have been affected:
In the wake of winter storms, be on the lookout for new potholes which can damage alignment or cause accidents; if hitting a pothole is unavoidable, motorists are advised to slow down as much as possible. BBB also encourages drivers to take a few moments to restock winter emergency kits and replace any items that may have been used in preparation for future storms—water, food, cat litter, et cetera.
State officials ask that drivers, if possible, not abandon vehicles in heavy traffic areas, which might delay emergency responders and prevent plows or other maintenance equipment from getting through. Abandoned vehicles are subject to citations and impoundment.
Instead of driving, stay in and visit bbb.org for up-to-date alerts on local information.
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