Winter Driving Tips

With the first snow of the season hitting the Sierra earlier this month, now is as good a time as any to brush up on your winter driving skills. So whether you’re down in the valley or you plan to take a trek over the mountain passes across the Sierra, you need to know what you’re doing or else you could wind up somewhere waiting for the tow truck. While you don’t have to white knuckle drive through ice and snow, it’s a good idea to know what you’re getting into well ahead of the drive, according to The Weather Channel.

Sometimes the best advice for winter weather driving is to not drive at all.

Here’s some practical tips from Caltrans and the Nevada Department of Transportation to get you from point A to point B as you cross through the snowy, icy muck.

Before heading out you should:
Check weather and road conditions by dialing 511 within Nevada (or 1-877-NV-ROADS outside of Nevada) or 1-800-427-7623 or here for the very latest California road controls.

• Make sure your brakes, windshield wipers, defroster, heater and exhaust system are in top condition.
• Check your antifreeze and be ready for colder temperatures. You may need to add concentrated windshield washer fluid to the windshield washer fluid reservoir to prevent an icy windshield.
• Check your tires. Make sure they are properly inflated and the tread is in good condition.
• Carry chains. This is a no-brainer. Make sure they’re the proper size for your tires and are in working order. You might want to take along a flashlight and chain repair links. Chains must be installed on the drive wheels. Make sure you know if your vehicle is front or rear wheel drive. And test putting the chains on before it’s dark, snowy and cold outside.
• Carry an ice scraper or commercial de-icer, a broom for brushing snow off your car, a shovel to free you car if it is “snowed in”, sand or burlap for traction if your wheels should become mired in snow and an old towel to clean your hands.
• Pack a survival bag that contains water, food, warm blankets and extra clothing. A lengthy delay will make you glad you have them. Have your cell phone charged up. Just don’t talk on it while you’re driving.

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One Response to Winter Driving Tips

  1. Great information on driving tips in winter season.Thanks for your suggestions and restrictions while driving vehicles to avoid accidents.Thanks for your post.Keep posting this type of informative blogs.All the Best.

    Regards,
    Sandy

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