Snow hits Carson hard during rush hour; NHP issues driving tips |

Snow hits Carson hard during rush hour; NHP issues driving tips

Appeal Capitol Bureau
BRAD HORN/Nevada Appeal

Eduardo Silva, of Carson City, skateboards through a brief snowstorm on Little Lane on his way to band practice on Friday evening. Today is expected to be mostly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers in the morning, and highs 42 to 52 with lows of 21 to 31 degrees. Sunday is expected to be clear with highs in the 50s to 60s and lows of 23 to 33 degrees. Snowfall in the upper elevations is expected to be light.

The Nevada Highway Patrol says now is the time to prepare both your car and yourself for winter driving challenges.

Trooper Chuck Allen says the leading cause of accidents or spin-outs is traveling too fast for conditions in bad weather.

“Keep in mind that posted speed limits are for normal driving conditions, and motorists should adjust their vehicle’s speed to the current roadway conditions,” he said.

He pointed out that while all-wheel drive vehicles can accelerate better in bad weather, they can’t stop any faster.

He said motorists should check the condition of their vehicle including its tires, the windshield wipers, the battery and all fluids.

Make sure the car has a snow brush and ice scraper as well.

Allen warns that it’s wise to always keep at least a quarter tank of gas in case you get stalled in traffic due to an accident or temporary road closure.

He said the law requires that not only the front and rear windows be cleared of ice and snow but the front side windows on both sides as well.

Handy items to keep in the vehicle include drinking water, snacks, a blanket, shovel, warm hat and gloves, a flashlight and auto cell phone charger.

Allen warns that people who warm up their vehicle in the driveway should make sure it is locked with a second set of keys before leaving it unattended. He said numerous vehicles are stolen each year because they are left running and unlocked.

If involved in an accident, he advises motorists to try move the vehicle out of the travel lanes to avoid being hit by other approaching motorists. He said to check for injuries before moving any vehicles.