California Highway Patrol (CHP)'s Rain, Fog & Snow Weather Driving Tips

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) offers tips for driving safely in wet weather. These tips include doing the following when driving in bad weather:

  • Slow down
  • Allow extra time
  • Leave extra distance between you and the car ahead
  • Gently apply brakes to avoid skids
  • Open window a crack if caught in stalled traffic to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning

Bad Weather Checklist from the California Highway Patrol

  • Tires with plenty of tread
  • Windshield wipers in good condition
  • Washer full of fluid
  • Gas tank full
  • Defroster working
  • Muffler and exhaust in good condition
  • Antifreeze in radiator

Tips for Driving in Rain, Fog & Snow


Tips for driving in the rain include:

  • Drive with headlights on.
  • Stay alert for vehicle hydroplaning.
  • Apply brakes more slowly; they may pull.
  • Leave extra distance between your car and the next motorist.


Tips for driving in the fog include:

  • Drive with lights on LOW beam. It is illegal to drive with parking lights on.
  • Watch for California Highway Patrol pace vehicles to guide you through fog.
  • Avoid crossing traffic lanes.
  • Do not stop on highways except in emergencies.
  • Move away from stalled or disabled vehicle.
  • Consider postponing trip until fog clears.


Tips for driving in the snow include:

  • Carry chains in snow conditions, even if vehicle has 4-wheel drive. It’s the law.
  • Observe speed limit in chain control areas −22363CVC states, The speed limit when chains are required is either 25, 30, 35 or 40 miles per hour, based on conditions.
  • Check owner’s manual for operating tips on your vehicle’s braking system.
  • Watch for paddle-shaped markers – they show the road’s edge.
  • Studded pneumatic tires may only be used between November 1st and April 31st, unless the studs are retracted.
  • Stay with your vehicle if you break down.

Download the CHP’s Rain, Fog & Snow Driving Tips PDF

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