Storm Season Safety: Planning Your Route

As winter weather begins to hit California, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) encourages all Californians to make sure they are storm ready.  

Unpredictable weather also means road conditions and routes are subject to change as quickly as the weather does.  

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