If you are driving around Lake Tahoe during the winter then there are a driving safety tips that you should be mindful of. First of all you should try not to be the only person driving with just a small section of your windscreen defrosted. We all do it rather than scraping all of the ice off we just scrape the driver’s side. It only takes a few more minutes so make sure that you scrape all of your windows both front and back before even considering driving in winter conditions in Lake Tahoe.

Make sure you read through this short safety checklist, it can definitely save you a lot of time, money and most importantly possibly your life.

  • Ensure that your brakes, defroster, windshield wipers, exhausts and heater system are all working correctly before setting off.
  • Check the levels of your antifreeze and always anticipate colder temperatures. You may find that it is necessary to add some concentrated washer fluid into the reservoir in order to prevent your windshield from icing over.
  • Ensure that all your tires are properly inflated and that all of the treads are in a satisfactory condition.
  • Always make sure that you have chains in the boot of your car. Ensure that your chains are the correct size for your vehicle and that are in a good working order. A flashlight is also a handy piece of equipment as well as some heavy duty gloves and a few spare chain links in case you need to repair the chains at the roadside. You should also make sure you know whether your vehicle is rear or front wheel drive.

As well as these priority items that you should have in your vehicle you may also want to carry some deicer as well as a broom or a shovel, these can come in handy if you find your car stuck in heavy snow. Also try and keep some food, water and a few warm blankets in your car, if you get stuck in the cold you never know when you may need them. Sometimes during extremely wintery weather in Lake Tahoe traffic needs to be diverted, for this reason it’s a good idea to carry a map of the surrounding area in case you get lost. Finally you should make sure you have the telephone number of the Caltrans Highway Information network programmed into your phone in case of emergencies. If you have a smart phone you can even download and install their app.  Get a spare car key and keep it on your person, you would be amazed just how many people find themselves getting locked outside of their car in winter conditions when they get out to install their chains or remove ice from the windscreen.

If you are mindful of these handy safety tips you will be able to stay safe when driving in wintery conditions while enjoying your stay at Lake Tahoe.