Winter Weather Driving Tips
When the temperatures drop and snow and ice begin to appear on our roads, then it is a good time to drive (or better yet stay home) safely. Below are some helpful tips and information about Winter Driving. Be sure to consult our Snow Map below to learn more about how roads are prioritized for plowing and deicing.
Ways to Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter
In additional to annual maintenance, here are some tips to winterize your vehicle:
Additional items to consider by you or your mechanic:
Vehicle Emergency Kit
Fall is a perfect time to consider a vehicle emergency kit. Some common items to include are:
Additional items to consider during the winter season:
Snow Plow Information
The City's Public Works Department, during snow or ice conditions, plows our streets and roads to ensure that residents can drive safely. With over 200 miles of road to manage, Public Works has to prioritize which streets are scheduled for plowing and de-icing due to limited resources. Equipment, materials, and staff are directed towards areas that drivers are at high-risk during inclement weather. Streets are prioritized for plowing based on the following factors:
- Number of vehicles.
- Steep hills and sharp curves.
- Intersections and ramps.
- Access to hospital and emergency services.
Not all public streets are scheduled for plowing. Please consult the Snow Map below for a layout of how our streets are prioritized for plowing. A street that is highlighted red (or Level 1) is classified as a high-priority route.
Is your neighborhood in unincorporated Pierce County & in need of a plow? Call the snowplow hotline at (253) 798-8888. Visit the Pierce County Road Status Map to view current roadway obstructions and Pierce County Inclement Weather Conditions for live alerts.