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Caltrans: Safety tips for winter driving

Posted: 3:34 PM, Jan 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-15 23:34:29Z
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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Caltrans is urging drivers to be prepared and use caution when driving this winter. The recommend checking weather and road conditions and even offer driving tips to stay safe and avoid injuries.

  • Reduce your speed to match driving conditions and allow more time to reach your destination. Know that bridges and ramps may be more slippery than the roadway.
  • Keep your fuel tank full. Bad weather may cause long delays or closures.
  • Turn on your headlights to see and be seen. Be observant and maintain a safe distance behind snow removal equipment. Do not pass snow plows unless directed to do so.
  • Turn on your headlights to see and be seen. Be observant and maintain a safe distance behind snow removal equipment. Do not pass snow plows unless directed to do so.
  • When driving in fog, reduce your speed and use headlights on low-beam along with fog lights. Stay to the right along the white edge line and never stop in the road. If visibility is not adequate, pull off of the roadway when safe to do so.
  • Do not drive through flooded areas. Safely turn around and find another route.
  • If you start sliding on snow or ice, slowly take your foot off the gas pedal and steer in the direction you wish to travel. Do not lock your brakes. Pump the brakes if needed, or apply steady pressure if your vehicle is equipped with anti-lock brakes.
  • Don’t use cruise control.
  • Avoid in-car distractions while driving.
  • If you are stalled, activate your hazard signals and stay with your vehicle. Conserve fuel by periodically turning your engine on and off while maintaining warmth, but be aware of possible exhaust and carbon monoxide issues.
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