If you are not familiar with driving in cold winter with snow and icy conditions,
here are points to ponder with a pinch of salt.
1) You may wake up to find that your car in the car park is covered by snow, so you need to get a spade from the hotel to shovel away the snow as I found out. So get up earlier so that you will not be late for your appointment.
2) May have to a scrapper to scrap the ice off the car windscreen. A defreezer will help.
3) If on a country road trip, carry sufficient drinking water and warm blanket in your car in case you are stuck in a storm. Standard advice is stay warm inside car until rescue arrives.
4) Icy patches on road of overhead bridges, so go slow and do not break suddenly.
5) May have to use snow tires or put on snow chains.
6) Make sure the car heater is working and battery is strong.
7) Balance the car temperature and outside so the windscreen do not mist up.
8) Use yellow fog light or low beam in foggy mountainous area.
9) Weather can change rapidly, from rain, sleet or snow and you travel in changing elevation.
10) If you are worried about driving conditions, just stop for a coffee and continue driving when weather improves.
11) I have skidded badly once but did not panic and remembered to turn my steering wheel in the opposite direction to get out of a skid.
12) Learn from the local drivers . Always drive safe.
Beware about parking your car at roadside kerb when there is a approaching winter snow storm.
Road blowing /plowing machines will pile snow on the roadside. Your car could be covered with high pile of snow.
Often salt may be added to the road to make the snow and ice melt more. So good idea to flush your car's bottoms with lots of water to wash the salt to reduce corrosive effects.
Portland is a pretty safe town, just use your basic safety precautions. The one thing that makes Portland a little scary at night is that with the exception of the Old Port, there's no one around.
There's one "bad" neighborhood in town, and that's Northwest of Cumberland Avenue. If you're on foot, just stay between Cumberland Avenue and Casco Bay. (This doesn't encompass all of Portland. On this map, the area to be aware of is between Cumberland Avenue and I-295)
Once you get out of the downtown area, everything is safe and there's no "bad neighborhood" to worry about. :)
try to find a convenient parking spot. As a couple of old duffers we always think that parking is not what is used to be. My dear companion left the motor running and watched out for the Police chief and his posse while I snapped this photo
Portland has a comparatively low crime rate. Common sense is the best defense. I have lived in Portland for many years and, though it does happen, I have never had any problems with assaults, muggings, rape, break-ins, etc. I also never walk alone at night, or in deserted or notoriously bad areas by myself. This goes for every place on Earth: be aware of your surroundings, don't walk alone at night or in secluded areas, and make wise decisions regarding your personal safety.
Not really a warning except to say the variety of wines in the public Markert may leave you overwhelmed
I don't know if there are too many dangers here. This is just a picture of two female officers on horseback patrolling the streets of Portland in the area near the city's art school.