desert driving tips

From the California Driving Guide we provide the following information about driving the deserts of California; check out the link and read about it; one tip is make sure you have lots of water with you and your car should be in good shape; check out the guide.

Click here and read the Caalifornia Driving Guide

California’s deserts — the Mojave, Death Valley, Owens Valley, etc. — are strange and beautiful, and form a large part of the state; they’re also surprisingly accessible, as long as you use some common sense and take a few precautions…
Don’t be intimidated by the idea of driving through the great California deserts — compared to driving through the typical Australian, African, or Asian desert, touring the deserts here by car is usually safe, convenient, and enjoyable, and you’ll see some of the best parts of California, including the Mojave desertDeath Valley,Panamint Valley, the beautiful Mono Lake, and the Owens Valley (at least). Maybe a third of California is desert, but it’s not necessarily the sort of desert many visitors expect: most of the deserts in California are mountainous, and covered in sage brush and scrub (or Joshua trees), and except for a few spectacular locations like the Eureka Dunes, they’re not the endless sand dunes of the Sahara that a lot of people tend to think of when the hear the word “desert”. Parts of the Californian deserts are even covered in snow in winter, which surprises a lot of visitors (actually, a lot of visitors seem to be surprised that California has any snow at all, let alone on its deserts).

California’s deserts offer much more than just driving: there’s also hiking, camping, or even just lazing about at a nice hotel or resort. There are dozens of options from State and National Park campsites, through cheap motels, to expensive resorts; and plenty of package tours cover the whole spectrum from stay-in-the-bus sightseeing to guided off-road four wheel drive convoys. But way off the beaten track, the deserts here are still wild and dangerous, and while most tourists won’t need to worry about that, there are still some rules and common sense things you should consider.