Chaining up? 'Make sure they're put on properly'

EUGENE, Ore. - If you don't have to drive in the snow, don't drive in the snow.

But if you do have to go out, go slow.

Motorists either made different plans or boned up on snow-driving tips as storms Thursday and Friday blanketed Western Oregon in snow from the Coast to the Cascades.

Joshua Stewart at Wyatt's Tires recommends leaving plenty of room just in case you need to brake - and start to skid.

"Turn into the skid," he said. "That's where it's real important to give yourself enough room between you and the next guy."

Also: Don't panic. Gently pump your brakes, keeping your heel on the floorboard. slowly with your heel on the floor.

On icy or snow-packed roads, consider snow tires, studded tires or chains.

"An important thing to have when you have traction tires, chains, is make sure they're put on properly," Stewart said.

He said to lay out your chains with the smooth side of the metal bracket facing the tire. Swing the chain around the tire and wrap them over the wheel.

Connect the chains with hooks facing outward and tighten.

And make sure to drive slowly and carefully.

"As much as you'll probably have people honking at you, do not exceed 20 to 25 miles per hour," Stewart said.