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Winter Inclement Weather Traveling Tips

  • Drive SLOWLY
  • Keep a safe distance between vehicles.
  • Be prepared: carry chains, blankets, food, water, cold weather clothing, flashlights and a radio in your car.
  • Have an emergency plan; tell someone where you are going and give them your itinerary.
  • Avoid traveling through deep standing water on the roads.
  • Pay attention to all road closures.
  • Don’t travel alone, if at all possible.
  • Keep your vehicle full of fuel and windshield washer fluid that does not freeze.
  • Dial 9-1-1 only to report an emergency or to request emergency assistance.


Flood Safety Tips:


  • Remember that floodwaters are deceptive. Don't try to walk through floodwaters that are more than knee-deep.
  • Do not drive where water is over the roads. Part of the road may be washed out.
  • If your car stalls in a flooded area, abandon it as soon as possible. Floodwaters could rise very quickly and sweep both the car and its occupants away.
  • Keep a portable, battery-operated radio available for emergency information. The radio in your car could serve this purpose. Local Emergency Broadcast stations are KFBK - AM 1530 - and KAHI - AM 950.


Road Information:


  • California Road Information - 800-427-ROAD (7623)
  • Sierra Pacific Power – 530-546-1700
  • Nevada Road Information – 1-877-687-6237
  • Placer Co. Road Dept. – 530-581-6220