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Road Conditions: Safe Travel USA.com
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School District Websites:
Winter Driving Safety Links: Nevada Department of Transportation
WINTER DRIVING TIPS
- Only travel in winter weather when necessary, leave enough time to safely reach your destination and plan your route to avoid snowy/icy areas and steep hills.
- Before driving, check weather and road conditions by dialing 511 within Nevada (1-877-NV-ROADS outside of state).
- 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.
- Never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Avoid quick starts, stops and fast turns. Accelerate, brake and steer smoothly and gradually.
- Reduce speed. Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions.
- Do not slam on brakes. Apply steady pressure on ABS-equipped vehicles and pump brakes if necessary on non-ABS vehicles.
- Always comply with all posted chain requirements.
- If your vehicle has snow tires, install and use them between October 1 and April 30.
- Keep additional distance from other vehicles.
- Watch carefully for and use caution when following, passing or approaching snow removal equipment.
- Do not pass without good distance and sight clearance.
- Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas- they may freeze first.
- Maintain a high fuel level.
- If vehicle begins to skid, steer in direction of slide and slowly remove foot from accelerator.
- Be aware of black ice.
- If parked or stuck in snow, leave window slightly cracked for ventilation and be sure exhaust system is clear of snow.
CARRY WITH YOU
- Tire chains / tow strap ∙ Non-perishable foods / water
- Flashlight ∙ Blanket or sleeping bag
- Spare batteries ∙ Battery-operated radio
- Ice scraper ∙ Candles / matches or lighter
- Snow shovel
- Jumper cables
- Small bag of sand for wheel traction
- Extra winter clothes / coat / gloves / socks
- First aid supplies / prescription medication
- State map for navigation in event of winter detour
- Cell phone for emergency communication
CHECK BEFORE YOU GO:
- Tires / tread
- Belts / hoses
- Exhaust / fuel / ignition system
- Heater / defroster
- Vehicle fluid levels (anti-freeze oil, windshield and brake fluid)
- Full gasoline tank