With the first winter storm upon us, the Sonora Police Department would like to pass on some snow driving tips.
• Make sure your vehicles brakes, windshield wipers, defroster, heater, tires and exhaust system are in good working condition.
• Always carry chains that are the proper size for your tires and are
in good working order. Also, makes sure you know how to install the
chains on your vehicle. This will require you to know if your vehicle is
front wheel, rear wheel or all wheel drive.
• Pack water, food, warm blankets and extra clothing, as sometimes
emergency roads closures make for lengthy traffic delays which could
last several hours.
• Carry a cell phone with the appropriate numbers preprogrammed in it.
• Exercise caution when driving in winter conditions and adjust your
speed accordingly. A speed of 45 miles per hour may be safe in dry
weather, but it’s not safe in snowy or icy conditions.
Of course, if you don’t have to be out in the snowy weather, we recommend you stay home where it is safe.
A probable the Sonora Police Department has experienced during
the last few years is that people have been abandoning their vehicles in
the middle of major roadways, which creates a hazard for other
motorists and snow removing equipment. If your vehicle is found
abandoned and is determined to be a traffic hazard, it will be towed.