Safe winter driving in California

Frank S. Clowney III

While commuting in San Diego and across various roads in Southern California, you might believe that winter driving is a challenge that exists across the planet from you. In fact, you are only a short drive from some of California’s mountainous winter wonderlands. No matter how the weather looks outside your window, there are numerous vacation spots around the state that might require careful planning and attentive winter driving.

Visit California separates winter driving safety into two main categories: before you go and while you’re on the road.

Before You Go

Before you begin your trek, information-gathering and gearing-up can make all the difference in your driving safety.

  • Monitor weather conditions
  • Check road status
  • Air pressure, antifreeze, wiper fluid/blades
  • Tire chains

On The Road

If you have prepared properly, your drive through the California winter can be safer. However, there are a few things you need to remember while behind the wheel.

  • Monitor your gas closely
  • Avoid cruise control
  • Don’t only rely on navigational devices to prepare you for sharp turns

Additionally, many people will pack a “survival box” that includes an ice scraper, foldable shovel, food and water rations, extra clothing, blankets, and flashlights. It couldn’t hurt to pack a container of cat litter or sand in case you get stuck in the snow or ice. Either of these materials can improve traction on a slippery surface.

While you might be well-prepared, not everyone on the road always is. Whether you are making your normal commute in superb weather or you are driving through the mountains on the way to a ski holiday, it is crucial that you remain attentive of your surroundings and aware of the drivers around you. If you are injured in a vehicle collision, however, it is important to discuss your case with an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney.