Storm Season Safety: Planning Your Route


This series of storms brought historic rainfall to many counties across California. The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) continues to coordinate with state partners like CHP and Cal Trans to keep all Californians stay safe on the road during and after serious storms.  

The state deployed thousands of personnel to assist with traffic accidents, road closures, divert traffic, snowplows and more to keep drivers safe. 

Road conditions and routes are subject to change as quickly as the weather does, especially after serious weather impacts.  

Planning your route ahead of time can help you avoid closures and hazards, whether you’re driving across town or taking a road trip. It’s important to use a reliable source for this information, especially during inclement weather.  

Planning Your Route 

Try to stay on main roads and highways while choosing a route with flat roads, if you can. Know possible safe places to stop along the route, if needed. It’s always a good idea to avoid driving alone and let others know the route you plan to take. 


One resource you can use to plan your route is the CalTrans QuickMap tool. This website provides real time traffic information, including closures, active chain control requirements and incident reports.  

Drivers are also encouraged to download the free QuickMap mobile app to have road conditions in the palm of their hands. 

Car Emergency Kit 

Before you hit the road, make sure you have an emergency supply kit in your car. Some good items to keep in your kit include: 

  • Jumper cables 
  • Flares or reflective triangle 
  • Portable phone charger 
  • Blanket 
  • Map 
  • Non-perishable snacks 
  • First aid kit 


Additional Resources