Even the most seasoned driver can have trouble driving in extreme weather conditions. If you’re thinking of visiting Lake Tahoe in winter to take advantage of the Lake Tahoe Ski and snowboarding resorts then you may want to brush up on these safety tips for driving on snowy and icy roads.
One of the first tips when it comes to driving in any kind of adverse weather conditions is to make sure you allow enough time for your journey. Trips into the mountain areas of Lake Tahoe will take you much longer than they would any other time of the year. During the winter the weather can change rapidly and you never know when you will experience snow storms or icy roads. Always start your journey a little earlier than you normally would to give you plenty of time to safely reach your destination.
Making sure your gas tank is full before heading out is good advice when taking any trip, but it is more important when travelling in the winter as you never know if you will be forced to change routes as a result of bad weather. You may also find that half way through your journey the weather takes a turn for the worst and you need to head back, if this happens to you and you only have half a tank of gas you may end up getting stranded.
Visibility can be poor if there is a snow storm, for this reason you should make sure that all of your windows are scraped clear of ice at all times. If you find that your windshield starts to ice up while you are driving it’s a good idea to find a safe place to stop where you can scrape off the ice using a scraper or a snow brush. You should carry a brush for clearing snow in the boot of your car; you also should make sure that your car defroster is in good working order before setting out in the winter.
While a speed of 65mph may be perfectly fine during dry weather conditions this is not the case when there is ice and snow on the ground so you should adjust your speed accordingly. Ice and snow on the road will increase your stopping distance time, to this end you should always make sure that your seat belt is firmly in place and ensure you keep a greater distance between any other vehicles on the road to allow for these extended stopping distances.
As we have already mentioned visibility may be limited in wintery weather so keep your speed to a minimum and keep an eye out for other vehicles on the road with flashing lights. The visibility during a snow storm can make it very difficult to see slow moving objects.
For more road safety tips and dealing with wintery driving conditions you can contact the (ChIN) California Highway Information Network on (800) 427 7623.