San Bernardino Mountains, January 13, 2017
Thousands of motorists will drive to
mountain destinations with new snow in resort areas. A three-day weekend begins
for some people in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday on Monday
January 16th. The California
Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is alerting motorists that heavy
traffic volumes and delays are projected over the next few days in the mountain
2016 December and 2017 January snow storms
have resulted in lengthy traffic delays on state highways in mountain areas and
in some instances, long term road closures due to vehicles without chains.
The heavy traffic trend is expected to
continue as long as snow remains in mountain areas, especially on weekends and
holidays. Below are some helpful tips to keep you, your loved ones and everyone
else safe as you venture to San
Bernardino County or Riverside County mountain resort locations.
• BRING CHAINS FOR YOUR VEHICLE—even if it is NOT
closure of some mountain routes in past weeks have been attributed to vehicles
without chains, that became disabled within chain control areas. This caused as
many as 100+ other motorists to become stuck
for hours while Caltrans crews, CHP, and emergency responders worked to
free the vehicles.
STATE OF CALIFORNIA
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (Caltrans)
10/16 Vehicles are permitted in chain control areas when equipped with
link-type chains or Alternative Traction Devices (ATD). Examples of ATDs include:
cable chains, textile snow chains, wheel hub attached chains, and automatic
tire chains. Tire traction devices are denied in the California Vehicle Code
(CVC) Section 605.
the term CHAINS is used here, it
means any tire traction device which
meets the requirements of (VC) Section 605.
detail information visit: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/ChainRequire.pdf
• NEVER INSTALL CHAINS ON THE ROADWAY AND BLOCK
Use designated areas or turnouts for chain installation.
Follow all commands from Caltrans crews, chain installers, law enforcement and emergency
Check the weather and road conditions before you get on the road – use Caltrans
Quick Map for chain control and traffic conditions at
Check fluids, tires and brakes before you leave home.
• FILL YOUR GAS TANK BEFORE YOU GO UP THE HILL
Bring warm clothing, hats, gloves and footwear suited for snow/ice conditions.
Bring blankets if possible.
Charge your cell phone in advance and bring a backup charger.
Bring cat litter to free your vehicle should it become disabled in ice or snow.
you become snowbound – stay in your vehicle! It provides temporary shelter and makes
it easier for rescuers to locate you.
Make sure your exhaust pipe isn’t clogged with snow, ice or mud. A blocked
exhaust could cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to leak into your vehicle while
the engine is running. Try to run the engine and heater just long enough to remove
the chill and conserve gasoline.
• PLEASE WATCH OUT FOR ROADWORKERS, LAW
ENFORCEMENT & EMERGENCY RESPONDERS!
down and keep them safe. Stay away from snow removal equipment and never try to
Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, and
turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement.
Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Apply the gas slowly to accelerate to regain
traction and avoid skids.
It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
Increase your following distance from three to four seconds to eight to ten
seconds. This will provide more distance for you to stop.
what kind of brakes you have on your vehicle. If you have anti-lock brakes
(ABS) and need to slow down quickly, press hard on the pedal-it’s normal for
the pedal to vibrate a bit when the ABS is activated.
Don’t come to a complete stop if it is not necessary. It takes longer to start
moving again in the snow and regain traction.
Don’t power uphill on snow/ice-covered roads. This will cause your wheels to
spin. Press on the gas enough to get your car moving and then when you reach a
level area you can reduce your speed. Proceed as slowly as possible on downhill
Don’t stop going up a hill – you lose traction.
Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive
well in the snow, not everyone else can.
for mountain visitors:
Do not snow-play on roadways or private property. Go to designated snow play
• DON’T TRASH THE MOUNTAINS! TAKE YOUR TRASH WITH
trash bags to dispose of your litter – keep it in your vehicle until you can
dispose of it in a trash receptacle. The fine for litter is up to $1,000.
CALTRANS wants your trip to
snow-filled mountain resort areas to be fun – BUT SAFE! Following these tips
will make your trip more enjoyable and perhaps save a life. Source: AAA.com