Winter Travel Tips when going to the Lake Tahoe – Truckee California Area.
Winter is still officially 7 weeks away, but it sure feels like it has already begun up here in the Lake Tahoe – Truckee, California area. While it did snow back on October 5, last month, we got lucky and it quickly melted away giving us another 4 weeks of fabulous fall weather.
When I went outside today, I had more than 5 inches of snow on the ground here on the West Shore of Tahoe City, Lake Tahoe, California. It was more than enough to have to shovel off the path to our house, clear the car widows of snow, and I wished I had gotten my studded snow tires on last week. Take a look at Lake Tahoe after our first real winter snow storm of the season.If you’ll be coming up to the Lake Tahoe – Truckee, California area over the next few months, here are a few winter travel tips to keep in mind.
1.) Fuel/ Power – Keep your gas tank above the ¾ full mark, or your electric vehicle fully charged. You never know when the weather conditions will change and you could be stuck in your vehicle for several hours due to road closures. You don’t want to run out of fuel/power in a snow storm.
2.) Food and Winter Clothing – Travel with food, water, and blankets, just in case you get stuck, or have to wait until the road re-opens. Have a winter jacket, gloves, hat, and winter boots with you. If you have to get out of your car, you need to be prepared for the harsh winter mountain climate.
3.) Snow Chains / Studded Snow Tires – Carry snow chains if your vehicle needs them. Be sure to have extra cash available to pay someone to put them on and off for you if you’re not comfortable putting them on yourself. If you use studded snow tires, California allows you to have them on your vehicle from November 1 through April 30 each year.
4.) Shovel – Travel with a snow, or regular shovel. If you get stuck, you may be able to dig yourself free with the right equipment.
5.) Windshield Wiper Fluid – Make sure your windshield wiper fluid supply is full.If the roads are wet, you’ll need that fluid to keep your windows clear of road spray.
6.) Slow Down – Slow down when traveling in poor/bad weather conditions.Just because you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle with studded snow tires does not mean you get to drive like you are on a race track and ignore the current road conditions. Slow it down, and be safe.
If you have questions about Tahoe, call me, I’m here to get you the Lake Tahoe – Truckee information you need. Safe travels!