Since it has begun snowing in the San Bernardino Mountains, here are some Lake Arrowhead Winter Driving Tips! Be sure to always check the weather conditions and road conditions first, because we want you to be ready to visit Lake Arrowhead safely during the winter season.
Due to ever-changing weather, it is good to make sure you are ready for the road conditions. Therefore, be prepared for icy, foggy, and snowy roads.
Lake Arrowhead Winter Driving Tips
Whether it’s spending a day at SkyPark at Santa’s Village, skiing or snowboarding at Snow Valley Resort, or it’s hiking in the forest, there’s always something fun to do. However, with the winter season comes snow, ice and fog that can make driving our mountain roads a little tricky. Most of all, we want you to know about: Winter Driving Tips from the California Highway Patrol.
First of all, the CHP urges you to check road conditions often. The best way to do this is to call the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Road Conditions Hotline: 1-800-427-ROAD (1-800-427-7623). Plus, read the current weather conditions at the CHP website.
Winter Driving Safety Tips Near Arrowhead Pine Rose Cabins
- Make sure your brakes, windshield wipers, defroster, heater and exhaust system are in top condition.
- Check your antifreeze and be ready for colder temperatures. You may want to add special solvent to your windshield washer reservoir to prevent icing.
- First of all, check your tires to see if they are in good condition.
- Carry a flashlight with you.
- Always carry chains. Make sure they are the proper size for your tires and are in working order. Chains must be installed on the drive wheels. Also, find out if your vehicle is front or rear wheel drive.
- Other suggested items to carry in your car are an ice scraper, a broom for brushing snow off your car, a shovel to free your car if it’s “snowed in,” sand or burlap for traction if your wheels should become stuck in snow; and an old towel to clean your hands.
- Take along water, food, warm blankets, and extra clothing.
- Put an extra car key in your pocket. A number of motorists have locked themselves out of their cars when putting on chains and at ski areas.
- Trips to the mountains can take longer during winter than other times of the year, especially if you encounter storm conditions or icy roads. Get an early start and allow plenty of time to travel.
Lake Arrowhead Winter Driving Tips
- Keep your gas tank full. Because you may have to change routes or turn back during a bad storm.
- Keep windshield and windows clear. You may want to stop at a safe turnout to use snow or, ice or scraper. Use the car defroster and a clean cloth to keep the windows free of fog.
- Slow down. A highway speed of 55 miles an hour may be safe in dry weather. Snow and ice make stopping distances much longer, so keep your seat belt buckled and leave more distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead.
- Slow down and watch for other vehicles and for snow equipment. Even though snow removal vehicles have flashing lights, visibility may be low during a storm.
- When stalled, stay with your vehicle and try to conserve fuel while maintaining warmth. Be alert to any possible exhaust or monoxide problems. These are good Lake Arrowhead winter driving tips!
More Winter Driving Safety Tips Near Arrowhead Pine Rose Cabins: Chain Controls
- Most of all, stop and put on chains when highway signs indicate chains are required. You will usually have about a mile between “Chains Required” signs and the checkpoint to install your chains.
- When you must put on chains, wait until you can pull completely off the roadway to the right. Do not stop in a traffic lane where you will endanger yourself and block traffic.
- Chain control locations are subject to change without notice and motorists may experience delays at the chain control stations.