Caltrans Urges Preparedness And Caution While Driving This Weekend

Caltrans Urges Preparedness And Caution While Driving This Weekend

With rain and snow coming to our region, Caltrans urges motorists to be prepared and use caution when driving this weekend.  Taking action and being proactive can help reduce the risk of injury and even death on the highways during the upcoming storm. Snow and rain are expected on Sierra Nevada highways this weekend and motorists are encouraged to allow for more travel time, slow down, carry chains and bring extra food and water.  Before traveling, Caltrans recommends checking weather and road conditions.  Be prepared. • Winterize your vehicle. Make sure your brakes, windshield wipers, heater/defroster, and exhaust system are in good working order. • Make sure your tires are properly inflated and always carry tire chains. • Pack an emergency kit in your vehicle with a flashlight, blankets, extra clothing, water, snacks, towel, gloves, ice scraper, shovel and broom.   All vehicles, including those with four-wheel drive or snow tires, should carry chains when traveling in snowy weather and remember the speed limit in a chain control area is 25 mph.  Caltrans QuickMap is an online resource with real-time traffic flow information, chain control alerts, and closure information. It is available on the Cal-Trans website.  Motorists can also call 511 or the Caltrans Highway Information Network at 1-800-427-7623 for travel information.  Remember, use you best judgment in all types of weather.

Written by KVGC Staff

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