Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Winter driving tips for Lake Tahoe travelers.

The following tips will keep you safe in bad weather.

Inexperience? Speed?

Check the weather before you go.
Check road restrictions before you go.
CA roads: 800-427-7623  NV roads: 877-687-6237   

Practice skids and slides in an empty parking lot. Practice makes perfect.

Don’t tailgate. Leave plenty of room to slow down.
Make sure you have an operable defroster.

Accelerate lightly, especially in a turn.

Carry a brush and scrapper to clear snow and ice before you drive.
If you don’t have 4 wheel drive, figure out how to install chains before you need them.

Slow down. The coefficient of friction is changeable and not always well known.
Do you know how to engage your 4 wheel drive or is it automatic?

Make sure you have fresh wiper blades and window washer solution.
Careful on the brakes, especially if you don't have Anti-lock brakes (ABS).

Have a winter emergency kit on board; water, blankets, gloves, food, jumper cables.
Bring your cell phone with a full battery and a charger.
Make sure you have plenty of gas in the tank. You could get stuck in traffic or a snowdrift.

Drive defensively. Some people never grasp any of the above tips.


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