Recent heavy early season rain and lightning in the Santa Clarita Valley, are both good reminders that it’s never too early to be thinking about the perils of winter driving.
The California Highway Patrol recommends packing food, water and blankets and to make sure the gas tank is full; especially for those trips over the Grapevine where motorists have been stranded for as long as 24 hours in the worst of the winter season. The two most important things to watch for are reports of ice and snow. The CHP recommends motorists prepare by packing chains, flares or cones especially when traveling the Grapevine in bad weather. If there are reports of ice on the road, then it’s best to avoid that route altogether.
The California Highway Patrol website gives current information on road conditions, and Cal Trans offers (800) GAS ROADS for up to the minute road conditions and traffic advisories by telephone.