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Report: Oregon 5th worst state for driving in the rain

Drivers drive through high water in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, as the Pacific Northwest was soaked by another night of heavy rain. The rain that has already drenched the region pushed many creeks and rivers to flood stage as residents in some communities stacked sandbags. (AP Photo/Steve Dipaola)

Oregon has been ranked the fifth worst state for driving in the rain, according to a report by SafeWise.com.

The state recorded 55 crashes directly caused by rain and the chances of being in a crash per 100,000 are at 1.37, according to statistics from 2016.

Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky and Alaska ranked above Oregon, while Alabama, West Virginia, Maine, North and South Carolina round out the top 10.

Surprisingly, Oregon didn't rank in the list for top 10 worst states for driving in the snow. That list includes Wyoming, Vermont, Montana, Idaho, Maine and Michigan.

Maine is the only state that ranked in the top 10 on both lists.

The study also found October is the worst month for rain and snow-related crashes.

Here are some tips to stay safe while driving in winter weather:

  • Check the tires, wipers, fluids, lights, and indicators—make sure they’re in working order and ready for wet, snowy, icy, or slushy roads.
  • Always clear ice and snow completely before putting your car into “Drive.”
  • Buckle up (it bears repeating!).
  • Turn on lights for safety—visibility can be your best friend in a storm.
  • Always use the indicators when changing lanes, turning, etc.
  • Take it easy—there’s no prize for first place on an icy road.
  • Stay about twenty seconds behind other cars in case you have to stop suddenly.
  • Don’t slam on the brakes.
  • If you do slide, turn INTO the direction of the slide.
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