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Snow In Los Angeles: How To Drive Safely On Southern California Roads

How To Drive Safely In Snow

Another round of rain and snow will move through Southern California starting Monday, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a winter weather advisory for parts of Los Angeles County.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for Los Angeles County mountains, including Acton and Mount Wilson, until 1 p.m. Tuesday. A winter storm watch will be in effect from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday evening.

Moderate snowfall of between 5 and 10 inches is expected during the winter weather advisory, according to the NWS. Heavy snow is possible Tuesday night and Wednesday, with 6 to 12 inches of snow expected for elevations above 5,000 feet, and as much as 15 inches in the San Gabriel Mountains. Wind gusts could reach 60 mph.

Dangerous driving conditions could result from the snowy and winter conditions, forecasters warned.


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In winter, driving to work can be a challenge. Snow and ice are common in most parts of the country, and your car needs to be ready for them. The first step to keeping your vehicle safe is preparing it before the storm hits. It will help if you have a few items on hand in advance: a good ice melt, traction agent, shovel, or snow blower (depending on how much space you have). If you were expecting driveway salt, it’s not there. We will discuss why.

Use The Right Kind Of Ice Melt

Avoid using ice melts with calcium chloride or magnesium chloride. These products can cause damage to your driveway and patio. Driveway salts made from potassium chloride, magnesium chloride, or calcium chloride are also not good for concrete.

The best way to keep your concrete safe from these chemicals is by applying an ice melt that is free from such chemicals. Apply the product before the first snowfall of winter. This will help keep your walkway clear through all seasons.

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Does Magnesium Chloride Damage Your Commercial Vehicle? 

Contrary to popular belief, magnesium chloride can harm your commercial vehicle in the long run. It is more harmful to commercial vehicles and metals on roadways and twice as corrosive for stainless steel. In addition, it has a mild reaction with mild steel if used with other additives. 

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How To Remove Ice From The Windshield?

The best way is with a scraper. Scraping off snow and ice can be done with a standard household scraper or any other tool designed for this purpose (ice picks are also very effective). 

As you scrape, make sure not to put too much pressure on the glass—you don’t want to scratch up your car! When using a scraper, be sure that you’re scraping at an angle away from yourself. Also keep in mind that it might take some time before all of the snow comes off. Sprinkling some ice melt can make the job easy for you.

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Yes, Safe Thaw has been certified by the NSC and is safe for every type of vehicle. 

Safe Thaw is made purely of organic ingredients that are not only environment-friendly but also concrete-friendly. Its most potent ingredient is carbonyl carbamide that does not interfere with the overall environmental cycle. It is safe on all types of decking materials and vegetation as well. 

What to do if a storm is imminent or recently passed.

Put socks over the wipers. That will keep the blades ice free.

Ice due to winter weather conditions has the potential to ruin your home, car and other valuables. With a bit of planning and preparation, you can prevent most damage freezing temperatures can bring.

With winter upon us, we hope you find these tips helpful and see amazing results.  We’re so thankful that our wonderful readers provided tried and true tips in comments below. 

Let’s keep the conversation going: Share your tips for fighting back against winter woes!

If you’re like most people, you dread getting out of your warm house on a cold winter morning and having to clean off your car. The worst part is that it often takes more time than you’d like, especially if there’s been an overnight snowstorm. However, if you think about it ahead of time and prepare with the right tools and accessories in tow, cleaning snow off your car without scratching can be easy and cost-effective!

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