The popular image of California is of a state that is hardly ever visited
by inclement weather. While southern California does tend to stay sunny
and warm most of the year, residents of California’s northern areas
and mountains know that the dangers from snow and ice on California roads
can be very real.
Here are some tips from the California Department of Transportation for
safe winter driving in California’s often-snowy mountains:
Prepare your car. Your car’s brakes, windshield wipers, heater, defroster, and antifreeze
levels should all be checked before you head into the mountains. A quick
examination can help prevent an accident.
Bring the right tools. Snow chains can help your vehicle make it through heavily snowed-in areas
if needed. A portable shovel, an ice scraper, a flashlight, and a bag
of sand or gravel to help with traction can all make a big difference
if your vehicle goes off the road in winter weather.
Prepare yourself. In addition to preparing your car, bring along things you’ll need
to stay healthy and safe if you have to wait for assistance. Extra winter
clothes, blankets, food and water, and a first aid kit can all help in
Charge your phone. Make sure your phone has a full charge so you can call for help if needed.
Some motorists also like to put a backup disposable phone in their winter
driving kits in case of emergency.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, the skilled Palo Alto car
crash lawyers at
Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP can help. Contact us today to learn more.