Winter Driving Tips - Snow and Ice Control
"Snow removal and ice control shall be performed as necessary in order to facilitate the movement and safety of public traffic and shall be done in accordance with the best management practices outlined herein with particular emphasis given to environmentally sensitive areas."
Snow and ice control is important on every mountainous route within California; however, certain routes carry heavy seasonal recreational traffic as well as high volumes of truck traffic. These routes require extensive snow-fighting activity to keep open during heavy snow storms.
Chain controls are generally used during snowstorms and usually end soon after the end of the storm. However, with sunshine, the snow and ice pack will begin to melt resulting in slush on the pavement that is difficult to negotiate without tire chains.
Caltrans Highway Information Network (CHIN)
Caltrans officials urge you to check road conditions often. To help keep abreast of changing conditions, Caltrans operates the Caltrans Highway Information Network which motorists may telephone 800.427.7623 for up-to-the-minute information in California and Western Nevada (Lake Tahoe/Reno Area). The network is updated as conditions change, and is voice-activated for safety and convenience.
Before driving, check with the CHIN: 800-427-7623
See Caltrans QuickMap for a real-time, zoom-able California map of current traffic conditions including lane closures, CHP incidents, changeable message signs, chain controls, video cameras and more:
Statewide Alerts and Other Information
Winter Driving Links
- Report a Maintenance Problem
- Planned Lane Closures
- Roadside Rest Areas
- Check Current Conditions:
- Road Information
- Truck Network Map
- Other DOTs
- Traveler Information
- Traffic Videos
- Caltrans FAQs
Winter Driving Tips
General Information Line: (916) 654-2852
You can also call
California Department of Transportation
1120 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814