Do you need a refresher course on how to drive safely in winter weather conditions? We’ve got you covered with some tips and information to help keep you safe on those icy roads this winter.
It’s been a long time coming — but the snow is finally here! And with it, winter driving hazards, especially over the mountains. Now is a good time to remind ourselves about driving safe in winter conditions.
Before driving, motorists can dial 511 (1-877-NV-ROADS outside of Nevada) or visit NV Roads for Nevada state road conditions.
Drive Safely this Winter with Tips from the Nevada Department of Transportation
- Only travel in winter weather when necessary.
- Share your travel itinerary so others know when to expect you.
- Remove snow and ice from all vehicle windows, mirrors, lights, turn signals and license plates.
- Buckle up.
- Turn on headlights to see and be seen.
- Turn off cruise control.
- Avoid quick starts, stops and fast turns. Accelerate, brake and steer smoothly and gradually.
- Do not slam on brakes. Apply steady pressure on ABS-equipped vehicles and gently pump the brakes if necessary on non-ABS vehicle.
- Maintain a high fuel level.
- If vehicle begins to skid, steer in direction of slide and slowly remove foot from accelerator.
- If parked or stuck in snow, leave window slightly cracked for ventilation and make sure vehicle exhaust system is clear of snow.
- Always carry tire chains, especially when traveling in mountain passes or typically snowy areas.
The Nevada Department of Transportation also recommends you carry the following items with you in your vehicle at all times during the winter months:
- Tire chains / tow strap
- Spare batteries
- Ice scraper
- Cell phone for emergency communication (do not use while driving)
- Snow shovel
- Jumper cables
- Small bag of sand for wheel traction
- Extra winter clothes / coat / gloves / socks
- Blanket or sleeping bag
- Non-perishable foods / water
- First aid supplies / prescription medications
- Battery-operated radio
- Candles / matches or lighter
- State map for navigation in event of winter detour
Also remember to use caution when following, passing or approaching snow removal equipment. For more safety tips and driving information, visit NV Roads.