County: Winter Driving


Winter weather is here, and the County would like to remind residents of some important safety considerations for motorists to take in order to make their travel as safe as possible.

Motorists are encouraged to equip their vehicles with chains and/or snow tires and carry a container of sand and a shovel in their vehicle. Additionally, motorists should make sure their vehicle is ready for winter driving by making sure the washer fluid reservoir is topped off with washer fluid that is winter rated, the windshield wipers are functional and working properly, the defroster is in good working order, each vehicle is equipped with a functional ice scraper, and that snow is cleared from the windows, roof and hood of the vehicle before traveling.

Barrels of sand for public use are placed at locations that historically become icy and slick during storms, including:

1. Esperanza (near mailboxes)

2. North Mesa Road (hill)

3. Quemazon Road (at intersection of North Road)

4. Quemazon Road (near mailboxes)

5. Cheryl Court (between 337 and 375 in shady area)

6. Other locations as requested by staff or citizens

Streets may be snow-packed and slippery during winter storms. Road condition updates will be broadcast on several popular regional TV and radio stations when streets become so hazardous that motorists might encounter delays. It is the responsibility of every motorist to have their vehicle properly equipped and serviced to handle such conditions, and to drive their vehicle carefully and courteously during adverse conditions. During storms, drivers are asked to be alert and courteous to County crews, who will be doing their best to keep the streets open and safe for traveling. Please assist them in this difficult task by yielding to their efforts, and keeping a safe distance away to avoid having vehicles struck by flying sand and salt.

The Public can refer to the Los Alamos County Snow and Ice Control Plan for more policies, guidelines and tips related to inclement weather. You can find the plan on the Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets Website