Sergeant Mike Stewart with the CHP in South Lake Tahoe says if you’re going to be driving in the snow, make sure you give yourself plenty of stopping distance.
"A lot of people don’t realize that the brakes are your enemy in driving up here. If people slam on their brakes all their tires stop moving and all they’re going to do is slide."
Stewart says all vehicles, including 4-wheel drives, are required to carry chains.
He says you should also bring extra clothes and blankets, an ice scraper, windshield spray and food in case the road is closed for avalanche control.