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Safety Tips Driving During Rainy Winter Weather

Winter is just around the corner, and you know what that means: Yucky days are ahead. To navigate the potentially treacherous, slick, and flooded highways, consider these tips:

1. Apply “Common Sense” Safe Driving Tips, but Apply Them Harder Than Ever.

You probably don’t need to be reminded that, during wet, gusty, and wintry weather, you need to slow down, turn on your headlights, give ample space between you and other vehicles, avoid driving while under the influence of medications (even over-the-counter ones) or alcohol, avoid distractions like cell phone conversations, and keep your car “in ship shape” and well maintained. These are “should do’s” for any time of the year, but they are particularly relevant during the wild and wooly winter days, when room for error diminishes considerably.

2. Pay Close Attention to Relevant Signage.

Caltrans might provide messages indicating dense fog ahead, road outages, emergency detours, debris in road, etc. Interestingly, drivers often pay keen attention to such signage when they enter unfamiliar terrain – such as a highway far from home – but they often “go blind” to signage that they see every day.

3. Remember Critical Winter Driving Skills.

If your car skids out on the road and you don’t have antilock brakes, pump your brakes, don’t slam them down. If you DO have antilock brakes, avoid pumping or stamping on the pedal. (If you are not sure whether you have antilock brakes or not, ask your spouse!)

Turn in the opposite direction of any skid. If you do get into an accident, pull off the road as far as you can, turn on your emergency blinkers, and call for help. Be mindful: during heavy rains or fog, cars behind you may not see your vehicle or you.

4. In Fog, Special Rules Apply.

Drive with your low beams on, not your high beams. Minimize speed to maximize safety. If you have trouble seeing, crack open a window to listen to potential traffic around you. If the fog gets bad, pull over until it clears off a bit: there is no point endangering your life or the lives of others to get to a party (or even to get home) an hour or two earlier.

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