It is that time of Year for Changing Road Conditions

Our friends over at Caltrans District 2 wanted to remind everyone to be ready for the changing road conditions coming! Take a look at some of these tips that can help you stay safe this Winter;
BEFORE YOU LEAVE HOME
• Check your brakes, battery, windshield wipers, defroster, heater, headlights, and exhaust system to make sure they are in good, working condition.
• Check your tire pressure when tires are cold. If the tread on your tires is low, it may be time to get new tires.
• Pack chains, a small ice scraper and shovel, flashlight, warm blankets, water, non-perishable food items, and a cell phone.
• Make sure you have a full tank of gas and carry a spare key for your vehicle.
Check road conditions early and often, here are some sources!
1. QuickMap: http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ (also available by app.)
2. One-Stop-Shop: http://oss.weathershare.org (Western U.S.)
3. Phone: Caltrans Highway Information Network (1-800-427-7623) / District 2 Road Conditions Hotline (530-225-3452) / District 2 Public Information Office (530-225-3426)
4. District 2 Facebook and Twitter pages
5. Website: https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-2
ON THE ROAD
• When traveling on routes through canyons or other steep areas, watch for debris that may be dislodged onto the roadway via high winds, rain, or snow. Be cognizant when traveling through burn scar areas.
• Slow down on wet pavement. According to AAA, with as little as 1/12 inch of water on the road, tires have to displace a gallon of water per second to keep the rubber meeting the asphalt.
• Drive for conditions. Slow down when visibility is poor and leave yourself extra room for stopping in wet conditions.
• Leave proper distance and drive carefully around emergency personnel and snow removal equipment. Slow down when you see the amber lights and never pass a snow plow unless directed.
• Make sure your headlights are on when it’s raining. This became a law in California in 2005. Fines can go up to $150.
• Let permitted installers help you with chains:
1. Those permitted by Caltrans must display a sign advising drivers in advance of their fee.
2. Permitted installers must wear a vest with their vendor number on it.
3. Installers cannot sell or rent chains to drivers.
4. Installers must provide a receipt when asked for one.
5. Call the California Highway Patrol if any issues arise regarding chain installations.
Road conditions can change very quickly! Highways that may have been open when you left home may have chain restrictions or may have closed while you are traveling. Pay close attention to the information on changeable message signs along highways.