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Caltrans to Drivers: Preparation is Key for Winter Driving Conditions

Caltrans News Flash #106

Date: December 8, 2016
District: District 3
Contact: Liza Whitmore,
Phone: (530) 634-7640; (530) 701-5209
Contact: Tamie McGowen
Phone: (916) 657-5060

MARYSVILLE – While the snowcapped mountains of California can be beautiful, winter driving on roads and highways can be frustrating, tiring and sometimes even hazardous. Caltrans is encouraging motorists traveling to or through the mountains this winter to be prepared for winter driving conditions. In this News Flash, Caltrans offers tips to help drivers keep safe.

Snow storms on the passes can frequently result in chain controls. Caltrans trains and permits chain installers to offer their services in the Caltrans-designated chain installation/removal areas. This video will show how to identify these permitted chain installers by the three digit number on their bibs and on large reflective signs near their location.

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Further winter driving tips can be found at Motorists can also check roadway conditions, including whether chain controls are in force, by using Caltrans' "QuickMap" at

This Caltrans News Flash is the 106th in a series of videos highlighting Caltrans' activities that present the wide-ranging and critical work that Caltrans does to enhance California's economy and livability. To see more of these and other videos, search for #CaltransNewsFlash on Twitter or visit Caltrans News Flash on YouTube.

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