With a population of 171,254 people, Eugene is certainly not one of the biggest cities in the United States, but a city of this size can still produce traffic hold-ups at certain times of the day. Whether you’re preparing for a new work commute from Corvallis or you’re a soon-to-be student at the University of Oregon, Mercedes-Benz of Eugene can provide some helpful tips for driving in Eugene, Oregon so you can get an idea of what to expect ahead of time.
Like most cities, avoiding rush hour is a No. 1 tip for driving in Eugene, Oregon.
According to statistics gathered by GeoStat.org, the average commute time in Eugene is 10 – 14 minutes. Most would agree that this isn’t a long commute by any stretch of the mind, but keep in mind that this is for Eugene locals. If you’re commuting in from Springfield or Roseburg, you should expect a longer commute time and use the above information on rush hour times to plan your commute accordingly. Additionally, it’s helpful to check your route information before heading out to check for any particularly bad jams that you might look to avoid with an alternate route.
Interstate 5 provides the main North-South route through Eugene and is the most heavily traveled by commuters. Typically, this will be your best and most direct option when commuting to Eugene, even with the consideration of rush hour. But if you check your route before leaving and see that there is a particularly bad jam you’d like to avoid, an alternative highway to take would be Oregon Route 99.
Seasoned commuters will also tell you that one of their top driving tips is to download a traffic app like Waze, which provides real-time traffic updates and can show you alternate routes you can hop on at a moment’s notice.
It’s no secret that we see a lot of rain in the Pacific Northwest, so we’d be remiss if we provided driving tips for Eugene without mentioning some safety tips for driving in rainy conditions! Waiting it out isn’t always an option during our rainy season, as you might be waiting for multiple days! So, here are 5 essential driving tips when the sky is pouring buckets:
On average, Eugene sees 3 inches of snow per year. Compared to our yearly rainfall average of 47 inches, that’s not much. Still, it’s important to have some driving tips on hand when you wake up to snow on the ground. In addition to following tips 1 – 4 we outlined above, keep the following in mind when you need to drive in snow:
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