Driving on the roads along snowcapped mountains in Lassen County can be beautiful, calming and pleasant. For some, that drive can become frustrating, tiring, and hazardous really quickly. The California Department of Transportation has provided the following tips to help make your mountain traveling during the winter pleasant and safe.
Before driving in the snow:
- Check brakes, defroster, windshield wipers, and heater.
- Make sure your exhaust system is in top condition.
- Check your antifreeze since you will be in colder weather.
- Check your windshield fluid reservoir. You should add concentrated windshield washer fluid to prevent an icy windshield.
- Check your tires for proper inflation. Make sure the tread is in good condition.
- Carry chains with you and make sure they are they right size for your tires. Bring a flashlight along with you in case you have to chain your tires at night. It’s also not a bad idea to bring chain repair links.
- Bring along water, food, blankets, and extra clothing. You never know when your drive will be delayed and you will be glad you have those extra items.
Tips for driving:
- Allow more time to get to your destination than normal. Winter weather conditions often slow down travel speed.
- Keep your gas tank full. You never know if you’ll have to stop in traffic or change routes.
- Keep your windshield and windows clear. Scape them if you need to and use the defroster to defog.
- Be more alert. Visibility is often limited in the winter.
- Chains, traction devices or snow tires are required on the drive axle of all vehicles except four wheel/all-wheel drive vehicles.
- Chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles except four wheel/all-wheel drive vehicles with snow-tread tires on all four wheels. Four wheel/all-wheel drive vehicles must carry traction devices in chain control areas.
- Chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles, no exceptions.
- When highway signs indicate so, chains are required. You could be stopped by CHP and fined if you don’t.
When it comes down to it, the roads are more slippery and visibility isn’t as great when you are traveling through Lassen County mountains during the winter. Drive slower than the speed limit and be prepared for anything. If you follow these tips, you should have a safe and pleasant trip up the mountains!