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Below are some helpful driving tips

  • Before you start your journey, check travel conditions using QuickMap.

  • Check tires and wipers to make sure they are in good condition.

  • Have a full tank of gas.

  • Slow down when driving in adverse weather conditions. Reduce your speed when roadways are icy or wet and your sight of distance is affected.

  • Avoid travel during heavy rain or snow events.

  • Never drive impaired! Always designate a driver.

  • Bring chains if you are traveling to the mountain areas. Weather in the mountain areas is often unpredictable. Be smart by having chains in your vehicle in case chain control is issued.

  • Chain installers are available on most mountain routes during chain control. Please, use the Caltrans approved chain installers with authorized bibs for your safety and to protect your vehicle.

  • Never use turnouts or park in the middle of the roadway for snow play. Only park in designated areas and do not trespass on private property.

  • For long trips bring water, warm clothing, blankets, a charged cell phone and charger, medications, snacks and other necessary items.

  • Do not attempt to pass through road closure signs. Never drive through running water or flooded roadways. Remember, turn around, don’t drown.

  • Be a safe and courteous driver. It only adds a few minutes to your travel time and make it a more enjoyable drive for everyone.


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