Winter Driving in Reno


Car Accident in Reno, NevadaWinter weather conditions in Reno often create a challenging and potentially dangerous environment for driving. The Reno Gazette Journal has reported numerous traffic accidents in Reno over the last two weeks due to poor driving conditions and ice on the roads.

On November 24, a young driver traveling west on Interstate 80 in a white Toyota pickup hit a patch of black ice in the far right lane and lost control of the vehicle. According to the report, the vehicle “left the road, rolled, and came to rest on its roof next to the freeway exit to Robb drive.” Fortunately, the driver did not sustain any injuries.

Nevada Highway Patrol also reported multiple accidents on November 23, causing several more rollovers and spin-outs as weather conditions forced highway closures throughout the area. With below or near freezing temperatures and moisture on the roads, it is important to keep basic winter driving safety tips in mind. The Reno police, public works and fire departments have provided a list of tips which include:

•Limit outings to only those necessary. Less traffic on the roadways makes it safer for everyone.

•Slow down, keep a safe following distance, allow for extra travel time, and be cautious of roadways with snow drifts, ice, or standing water.

•Get vehicles ready for winter driving conditions in advance. This includes changing wiper blades, filling fluids, checking tires, purchasing chains or cables, and making sure the vehicle is operating properly.

For the full list, visit the Reno Gazette Journal’s article.

In preparing for the unfortunate event that an accident does occur, or to help others on the road, the Nevada Department of Transportation recommends carrying several items in the vehicle including:

  • • Tire Chains/Tow Strap
  • • Ice Scraper
  • • Flashlight
  • • Jumper Cables
  • • Warm clothing, including blankets or a sleeping bag
  • • Cell Phone
  • • Basic First aid Kit

If you or a loved one are involved in an auto accident in Reno, let the attorneys at Beckett, Yott, McCarty & Spann Chtd. help. Schedule a free consultation at 775-824-8833, or e-mail Riley, Laurie, Jim, or Charles.

For more information on Reno’s snow and ice control plan, visit Reno.gov. For road conditions, road closures, route maps, and more safety tips, visit  the Nevada Department of Transportation. The attorneys and staff of Beckett, Yott, McCarty & Spann. Chtd wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!